The Straight Story

The Straight Story (David Lynch, 1999) wr. John Roach, Mary Sweeney; Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek

Here's the title joke: man actually called (Alvin) Straight travels in more or less a straight line from A to B, and that's the whole story: it's straightforward. Lynch's other joke is that it's his 'most experimental' film - presumably because all the others are bent.

Richard Farnsworth, born 1920, shot himself in October 2000, the year after the film was released - not because he didn't win the Oscar for Best Actor for which he had been nominated, but because he didn't think it worth bearing the pain of dying of terminal cancer. So the man you see suffering in the film, and using a firearm, is what you get.

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