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Barry Gifford

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Writer Barry Gifford, who inspired David Lynch’s ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Lost Highway,’ gets a movie from his Chicago years

CHICAGO — On those frequently published lists of great Chicago writers we see, you know, the usual suspects … Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Ben Hecht, Saul Bellow, Loraine Hansberry, Mike Royko, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Theodore Dreiser and, more recently, Scott Turow, Stuart Dybek, Sandra Cisneros and on and on and creatively on.
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Roger Ebert

I Believe in Individuals: Barry Gifford and Lili Taylor on Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago

“Picasso said that ‘art is a lie that helps us see the truth,’ and Barry’s stories function in the same way about Chicago in the 1950s,” director Rob Christopher told me during our 2019 conversation about his extraordinary film, “Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago.” “He uses his memories to create fictionalized versions of that time period. I figured that Barry’s interviews could be a connective tissue between the stories, giving us a sort of background for them and contributing some autobiographical details without it being a talking heads movie. My motto was, ‘Let the stories speak for themselves.’”
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Writer Barry Gifford, who inspired David Lynch’s ‘Wild at Heart’ and ‘Lost Highway,’ gets a movie from his Chicago years

On those frequently published lists of great Chicago writers we see, you know, the usual suspects … Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Ernest Hemingway, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Ben Hecht, Saul Bellow, Loraine Hansberry, Mike Royko, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Theodore Dreiser and, more recently, Scott Turow, Stuart Dybek, Sandra Cisneros and on and on and creatively on. Many of these people were ...
CHICAGO, IL