Lost in the Movies: The Straight Story as Twin Peaks Cinema #25 - Long Road Home (podcast)

The Straight Story as Twin Peaks Cinema #25 - Long Road Home (podcast)

The first connection that leaps to mind between the bizarre Twin Peaks and the down-to-earth The Straight Story is their mutual roots in small town Americana. The early nineties series is set in the Pacific Northwest while the late nineties feature unfolds across a couple Midwestern states but they share a sense of communal warmth and sadness, of old men moving slowly about their daily business and neighbors wondering what's going on in the house next door. Both works use this comforting familiarity as a springboard, in Peaks' case for an increasingly supernatural murder mystery, in Straight's case as a more literal point of departure for a character's odyssey. In some ways, The Straight Story bares even more resemblance to the third season which came afterwards, given its road trip nature and even some of its images and dramatic moments (the storytelling surrounding Agent Dale Cooper and Alvin Straight harbors some striking similarities). The Straight Story was David Lynch's closest collaboration with editor/producer Mary Sweeney, since she actually originated the project herself: purchasing the rights, co-writing the screenplay with John Roach, and shopping the script to Lynch who was initially uninterested. This is one reason the film is included after last month's Lost Highway and before Sweeney's own directorial debut under "Long Road Home" banner for this season/miniseries of Twin Peaks Cinema. Another reason is, of course, the centrality of a literal road to this story - it feels like the in-between journey from the previous episode to our next, and last.

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*in addition to ORATORY, COSTUME, and PSYCHOLOGICAL CHALLENGE I cite WORLDLINESS and STRATEGY as Frostian touchstones (I did not actually cite HISTORY as I claim in the podcast although it certainly does apply)

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In a complete survey of Lynch's filmography up to 2014 w/ individual review & in a broader essay

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