The Straight Story

The Straight Story is one David Lynch film you may not have heard of. It is certainly unlike any other David Lynch film I have ever seen, ye for me it is his best. Quiet, quirky and yet strangely affecting and unforgettable.

Like 84 Charing Cross Road, it is based on a true story. In 1994, the 73 year-old Alvin Straight unable to drive a car due to poor eyesight, rode 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower, pulling a trailer! As he drives slowly along the highways of the Midwest, you get to see a finely painted image of the communities he passes through. A splendid, and unexpected, treat from David Lynch.

The leading actor Richard Farnsworth, a Hollywood stuntman for over sixty years, received an Oscar nomination for his role.

About Noel G

My sites are a mélange. A collection; a library; a museum: of things I like, or find thought provoking. To make them easy for me to find if nothing else.

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