True Stories (1986)
Narrator: I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.
Narrator: Excuse me, Mr. Culver. I forget what these peppers represent.
Narrator: Look at this. Who can say it isn't beautiful? Sky, bricks. Who do you think lives there? Four-car garage. Hope, fear, excitement, satisfaction.
Narrator: I have something to say about the difference between American and European cities. But I've forgotten what it is. I have it written down at home somewhere.
Narrator: This isn't a rental car - it's privately owned.
Louis Fyne: I'm 6'3", and maintain a very consistent panda bear shape.
Narrator: You know, things that never had names before are now easily described. Makes conversation easier.
Louis Fyne: Like the song says, it's a scientific lifestyle.
Narrator: Hmm. I don't know that one.
Miss Rollings: It's like how hot dogs come in packs of 10, and buns come in packs of eight or 12 - you have to buy nine packs to make it come out even.
Narrator: Look! I personally believe... I can see Fort Worth from here.
Narrator: Metal buildings are the dream that Modern Architects had at the beginning of this century. It has finally come true, but they themselves don't realize it. That's because it doesn't take an Architect to build a metal building. You just order them out of a catalog - comes with a bunch of guys who put it together in a couple of days, maybe a week. And there you go - you're all set to go into business - just slap a sign out front.
Narrator: Some people say 'Freeways are the Cathedrals of our time'. Not me.
Earl Culver: Here's a field... take a look out. Picture a house... Picture a lot of houses. What else is a field good for but building houses?
Earl Culver: Let me show you what I think is going on...
Linda Culver: Do you hear music?
Narrator: [to Larry, sotto voce] Is there something wrong with your sister?
Earl Culver: Main... frame! Micro-processor! Semi-conductor!
Linda Culver: All right, Daddy!
Larry Culver: [simultaneously with Linda] All right, Dad!
Earl Culver: Now. If this is the town... and here is the workplace...
[starts arranging the food ont he table to make a map]
Earl Culver: with its goods... and distribution network... Now, most middle-class people have worked for large corporations, like VeriCorp. Or for the government itself. But now, all that's starting to change. Scientists and engineers are moving off from those large corporations like VeriCorp, and they're beginning to start their own companies, marketing new inventions.
Narrator: Excuse me, Mister Culver... I forgot what these peppers represent.
Earl Culver: A-ha! It all spins back to the middle! Here we are right here, in Virgil. Our way of doing business has been based on the past! That's why we have to keep these guys in Virgil, even though they DO leave VeriCorp. For the time being, it's created confusion! And chaos! They don't work for money anymore, but to earn a place in Heaven, which is a big motivating factor once upon a time, believe you me. They're working and inventing because they like it! Economics is become a spiritual thing. I must admit it frightens me a bit; they don't seem to see the difference between working, and not working. It's all become a part of one's life. Larry! Linda! There's no concept of weekends anymore!
Earl Culver: Welcome to our talent show under the stars.
Earl Culver: Before we begin, I want to just tell you a
Earl Culver: little story that I heard about Texas recently
Earl Culver: in a local tavern. It seems though God was
Earl Culver: working around the earth here, trying to make
Earl Culver: it beautiful just like the rest of the world.
Earl Culver: He had to knock off because it was nighttime.
Earl Culver: And he said, "I'll come back tomorrow and make
Earl Culver: it just as pretty as the rest of the world,
Earl Culver: with lakes and streams and mountains and
Earl Culver: trees." And he got back the next day, and saw
Earl Culver: that the ground had completely hardened, like
Earl Culver: concrete. And he didn't want to begin all over
Earl Culver: again. No! In his infinite wisdom, he had an
Earl Culver: idea. He said: "I know what I'll do. I'll make
Earl Culver: some people that like it this way!"