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Movie-A-Day #61: True Stories (1986).

March 2, 2011

Texas marks its independence on March 2, and like most things Texans celebrate, it tends to get recognized in a big way. (Never mind the fact that they’re not really independent of anything anymore.) The 1986 sesquicentennial celebration for the 150th anniversary of the state’s secession from Mexico was a yearlong affair, and it provided a great springboard for David Byrne’s examination of small-town America in “True Stories.” Besides Byrne, the film features John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz, Pops Staples, Spalding Gray and plenty of great music. It’s quirky as hell, but it also manages to sneak in a few barbs that cut deep.

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