Biopics about contemporary musicians have been a very common thing in cinema, particularly over the last 40 to 50 years. As we've often discussed on the show, they often follow a familiar pattern – a grocery list, if you will, with all the known high and low points of the subject's life story the audience expects. However, before there was a glutton of such movies, there were a few that had no rules to follow so relied more on character study than cherry picking from 40 years of history.
Welcome to episode 103 of See Hear Podcast.
Kerry has made her first film selection for the show. It's the 1980 film about country singer Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter. During the 1960s and 1970s era when it wasn't the done thing, Lynn wrote her own songs. When it wasn't the done thing, her songs were about being a strong woman who took no nonsense. Of course, life is never as simple as that. She also had to contend with her husband “Doolittle” Lynn who was part supporter / part tormentor. The film charts their relationship as well as her friendship with Patsy Cline, her family in a tiny town in Kentucky, and life as a highly loved singer. Yes, all these are talking points for most biopics, but this one tends to look more at Lynn's state of mind and her growth from shy youth to someone with self belief.
Our beloved Tim Merrill is back for his first show in nearly a year. The See Hear crew is a trio again. Tune in as we talk about our origins with country music, thoughts on the film, a scene I believe should have been in the film (my own shopping list check box, if you will), and Tim's suggestion on how Stephen King would have ended the film.
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