Almost Arthouse #16: ‘The Elephant Man’ & ‘The Straight Story’

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lynchWe’re finally back after a long hiatus, and in conjunction with Sound on Sight’s monthly theme revolving around director David Lynch, we’ll be taking a look back at two of the director’s past films. First up, the 1980 Victorian morality play The Elephant Man starring Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt, followed up by our review of The Straight Story from 1999. Joining Ty and Tom this week is fellow friend and Sound on Sight contributor Deepayan Sengupta.

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3 Comments
  1. Ricky says

    I have so much to say about this podcast, but I might just write a review instead. Great show!

  2. Steve says

    I’m glad you guys are taking a look at Lynch.

    And I hope this doesn’t come across as criticism, but I think one of the main points of The Straight Story is about slowing down and appreciating the simple things in life. Alvin had been on the road most of his life, no doubt rushing through it like most of us do. Now that his days are clearly numbered, he’s finally taking the time to travel the roads once again, slowly, so he can take in every detail and enjoy every last moment he has. I think this movie gets better as the viewer ages, as you come to understand time better. I think you should try it again in fifteen years and see how you feel about it then. I think a lot of the audience is in the position Alvin was as a much younger man, rushing through life. Alvin himself probably wouldn’t have liked this film before. And as life speeds up and passes us by, this film will only resonate more as society misses more of life. Every last frame of this film makes perfect sense and needs to be there. Though maybe it doesn’t line up with everyone’s tastes, this movie is exquisitely beautiful. And if it feels sentimental at times, life is sentimental at times, especially towards the end, if we’re lukcy.

    1. Deepayan Sengupta says

      I actually never thought of it from that perspective, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for listening.

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