Friday, November 17, 2006



I love so much the movie "The Straight Story", by David Lynch. (In Lynch's site you can download MP3 music). I recorded the movie and I can see it film over and over. It's a beautiful, moving , sensible and emotional film I've ever seen. It's a loving story about family, friendship, generosity and reconciliation. I would highly recommend it. After seeing this film I feel like I know just a little bit more about the USA. I like so much that story, the plot, original music, the location and so on. Really this is "My Classic Movie". This film describe a real story of Alvin Straight, (1920-1996), from Laurens, Iowa, the real-life person on whom his portrayal of a 73-year-old man who rode a tractor across the country was based. You can see here the real Alvin Straight. The casting is great. Richard Farnsworth turns in a beautiful performance as do the rest of the cast, most notably Sissy Spacek in an endearing performance as his daughter, and Harry Dean Stanton in a small role.

This film has memorable quotes, like this one:

Alvin Straight: You don't think about getting old when you're young... you shouldn't.

Cyclist #1: Must be something good about gettin' old?

Alvin Straight: Well I can't imagine anything good about being blind and lame at the same time but, still at my age I've seen about all that life has to dish out. I know to separate the wheat from the chaff, and let the small stuff fall away.

Cyclist #2: So, uh, what's the worst part about being old, Alvin?

Alvin Straight: Well, the worst part of being old is rememberin' when you was young.

Farnsworth, who had been involved in filmmaking for more than 60 years, was nominated in 2000 for an Oscar for best actor for his performance in "The Straight Story." It was the second nomination for Farnsworth, who was nominated for the 1978 film "Comes a Horseman." At 79, he was the oldest leading actor Oscar nominee. "Titanic" star Gloria Stuart was the oldest performer ever nominated when she was nominated for supporting actress at 87. But unfortunately, in my point of view, the Oscar went to Kevin Spacey, who won for his portrayal of a suburban father in "American Beauty."

You can see here Richard Farnsworth’s filmography. In October 2000, Richard Farnsworth (1920-2000), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 80. His fiancée Jewely Van Valin said Farnsworth was diagnosed several years ago with terminal cancer, which had left him partially paralyzed. He struggled with the pain while he was working on "The Straight Story," she said.


Gostei muito do filme "História Real", ( The Straight Story, 1999) dirigida por David Lynch. (No site de Lynch você pode fazer o download de músicas em MP3). É um belo filme, comovente e sensível. Fala sobre a família, a amizade, a generosidade, a reconciliação. Gosto de tudo neste filme: da história, das falas, da música, da locação na pequena cidade do oeste americano, da lentidão das cenas, enfim este é o "Meu Clássico"!

O filme foi baseado numa história real. Alvin Straight (1920-1996) morava na pacata cidade de Laurens, Iowa, USA e sua história é uma comovente jornada de persistência e reconciliação. Veja aqui o verdadeiro Alvin, que tem seu nome escrito na galeria dos famosos cidadãos de Iowa.

O elenco é muito bom: Alvin Straight é vivido por Richard Farnsworth, sua filha Rose é Sissy Spacek e seu irmão Lyle é interpretado por Harry Dean Staton. Você encontra o filme nas locadoras em versão VHS e DVD.

O filme tem cenas lindas e você pode ler algumas de suas memoráveis frases . Por este filme Richard Farnsworth se tornou em 2000 o ator mais velho a receber uma indicação ao Oscar como Melhor Ator. Infelizmente, na minha opinião, ele perdeu o Oscar para Kevin Spacey, em "Beleza Americana" (American Beauty).

Além de "História Real" , Farnsworth participou de “Raízes da Ambição”, pelo qual também ganhou uma indicação ao Oscar de Melhor Ator Coadjuvante e do suspense “Louca Obsessão”, entre outros. Veja sua filmografia aqui. Richard Farnsworth (1920-2000) tinha um câncer terminal e quando gravou o filme de Lynch já estava muito doente. Aos 80 anos atirou contra si próprio e morreu em sua casa, no Novo México.

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  1. Esse filme eh lindissimo! Vale a pena ter e rever, rever, rever... Beijos, Sonia! :-)

  2. Hi Sonia,
    This movie looks like one we'd enjoy. Thanks for the great review. I love Sissy Spacek!

  3. What a wonderful tribute/review of this film Sonia....I understand why this would interest you soooo much, my dear Somia...Besides the fact that it is a LOVELY LOVELY film.....what it says about aging and getting "old" really resonates...and given that you have written a book about aging...Well, isn't it great that you actually saw this film? I agree with you, Farnsworth should have won the Academy Award, for sure!!! And I understand why he would take his own life in the face of further humilating horrible unforgiving pain, which would only lead to more of that and then death, anyway! Oh, How I Wish Assisted Suicide Would Be Voted Into Law, SOON....!

  4. I have seen this film and agree with your sentiments. An uplifting very much a favourite.
    Thanks S.

  5. Sonia, thanks for the review of this film. I am sure to see it now that you recommend it so highly.

  6. This looks like a good one to see. I will have to watch it. :)

  7. I remember seeing this movie a number of years ago. I must have rented it. It sort of reminds me of the area I grew up in as a child and the people that were in my community.

  8. Hi Sonia
    Iwill try and get this movie,
    I am a big fan of Sissy Spacek movies and the review you gave itsounds like my kinda show.

  9. So good to be back commenting again. I will have to check this out.


  10. It sounds like a movie I would love

  11. Sonia - This is one of my favourite movies. I recommend it often to friends who are looking for something uplifting to watch. I'm so glad you wrote about it.

  12. Sonia,
    adorei o LEAVES OF GRASS, o filme ... vou pegar na locadora, e já está linkada, forever!

  13. I, too, love the Straight Story. For all the same reasons that you do. (Triumph of age over adversity, etc.)

    For the same reasons can I also recommend "The World's Fastest Indian" - if you like the "Straight Story" I am sure ypou will also like this one.

  14. I, too, like this wonderful film for the same reasons (triumph of age over adversity, etc.)

    If you like this can I also recommend "The World's Fastest Indian" - I think you will enjoy it!

  15. I love those quotes about being old/getting old.

  16. This looks like something I would like to see. I enjoyed your quotes and insight into the movie as well as the photographs.
    I remember when American Beauty was up for awards but I don't remember this one or the actor so I will check it out!

  17. Have not yet seen the film, but it sounds very interesting to me. I will see if I can get it here. So now you write in two languages ! That's nice ! Reading portuguese I understand a little because of french and italian, but when somebody speaks I don't understand anything !

  18. Have not yet seen the film, but it sounds very interesting to me. I will see if I can get it here. So now you write in two languages ! That's nice ! Reading portuguese I understand a little because of french and italian, but when somebody speaks I don't understand anything !

  19. This sounds like a great movie Sonia. Thanks for the tribute!! I'll have to check it out. I love good movies like this.

  20. Filme lindo!!! Vale a pena mesmo!!

    Eu demorei pra deixar comentário, mas ja havia passado rapidinho por aqui algumas vezes.

    Gostei muito dos seus blogs!!

    Beijocas e boa semana!!

  21. Hi Sonia, I loved this movie and I've loved this actor since Anne of Green Gables. Thanks for stopping by :)

  22. I don't recall the movie (probably because I don't watch much public TV). I'll have to rent it. It sounds like something I'd also enjoy.

  23. Hi Sonia, what a lovely post, I have not seen this movie and now am going to see if it is on video on demand. It sounds wonderful. It is nice to come back and visit your blog, I have been traveling the past few months and not as active on staying abreast of my blog reading.
    Take care.

  24. Hi, Sonia. This is indeed one of the loveliest movies I've seen in recent years. So glad you're recommending it to folks. Your review has made me want to view it again; thanks for that. :)

  25. Oi Sônia, Bom dia...
    Boa escolha o filme realmente tem uma mensagem linda.


    Paulo Ka

    the K theory

  26. Não conheço esse filme, não sou muito fã do diretor, assisti a alguns filmes dele e não me identifiquei, mas esse pareceu meio diferente dos outros vou ver se achoa para assistir.

    Abraço! Também estou participando!

  27. oi Sonia,
    Parabens pela postagem bem feita e pela dica do que parece ser realmente um otimo filme. Não conheço mas vou verificar, tem os ingredientes que me agradariam com certeza. Obrigada por sua linda participação nessa blogagem!


  28. Sõnia, não conheço este filme, mas a tirar pelo diretor, deve ser mesmo ótimo.

    Obrigada pela participação

  29. Sonia, parabéns por tudo aqui. Primeira visita e dou com estea escolha sensacional. A personagem principal do filme é uma lição

  30. Nunca vi este filme, valeu a dica!!!

  31. Sou muito fã do Lynch, especialmente por filmes como esse, que nos fazem repensar a vida de maneira beeem diferente do que estamos acostumados. Ótima escolha!


  32. Oi Sonia!

    Assisti apenas uma vez, e achei lindo! Não lembrava do nome, boa lembrança! Estará no meu radar na próxima visita a locadora.

    Acho o David Lynch um dos melhores diretores da história do cinema. Se quiser conhecer minha lista clique aqui. Acho que hoje acrescentaria Sergei Eisenstein e D.W. Griffith.


  33. Bom dia carissima.
    Eu não conhecia esse filme, mas vou atrás dele agora mesmo. Gostei das citações mencionadas por você. Sei lá, as vezes penso que a gente deveria ir mais devagar, não acha? Porque não pensamos em envelhecer de fato, mas envelhecemos desde o primeiro sopro de vida. É nossa máxima e vamos com tanta pressa em direção a isso e depois queremos simplesmente deter o tempo.

    Enfim, também tenho muito filmes que me marcaram "colcha de retalhos" por exemplo, entre tantos outros.

    Grata pelo link e pela visita lá no meu novo cantinho. Bacio

    Ps. Adorei a imagem do cãozinho, fiquei com um sorriso de orelhas aqui ao observá-lo...


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