The Cowboy and The Frenchman (1988)
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The weakest one in the bunch but it's still good to see some Lynch regulars and him dealing with more comedic jokes.
David Lynch directed this short film for French television, and it features Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, and Tracey Walter as cowboys who meet a French stereotype. It is hilarious in that offbeat way Lynch makes films. This is the kind if thing he does best, making fun of the world in surreal ways, with his tongue in cheek.
A bizarro satire of Westerns and French culture, David Lynch's short film The Cowboy and the Frenchman was produced for French TV and essentially parodies the American conceptualization of the French as beret-wearing, snail-eating sissies. Simultaneously, the film pokes fun at the stereotypes of cowboys and Native Americans. The Cowboy and the Frechman feels like a surrealist version of an episode of Hee Haw or possibly a tripped-out version of a Roy Rogers film. If there is a point to the film, it is merely to mock our stereotypes of one another, but more than that it is just an enjoyably strange romp than could only have been created by David Lynch--it doesn't hurt that it features Harry Dean Stanton and Tracey Walter who both appeared in Alex Cox's Repo Man.
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