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Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (1986)

Concert film of Laurie Anderson performing songs from her first three albums, selections from her four-night epic "United States Live," and several new songs, which incorporate a unique blend of film, animation, dance, and electronics.

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Laurie Anderson

Writer:

Laurie Anderson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurie Anderson ... Self / Fenway Bergamot / The Voice of Reason
Joy Askew Joy Askew ... Self
Adrian Belew Adrian Belew ... Self (Guitar and Vocals)
William S. Burroughs ... Self
Dickie Landry Dickie Landry ... Self (Horns and Winds) (as Richard Landry)
Paula Mazur Paula Mazur ... Game Show Hostess
Dolette McDonald Dolette McDonald ... Self (Vocals)
Won-Sang Park ... Self (Kayageum and Voice) (as Won Sang Park)
Janice Pendarvis ... Self (Vocals)
David Van Tieghem David Van Tieghem ... Self (Percussion)
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Concert film of Laurie Anderson performing songs from her first three albums, selections from her four-night epic "United States Live," and several new songs, which incorporate a unique blend of film, animation, dance, and electronics.

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Documentary | Music

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Quotes

Laurie Anderson: [first lines]
Laurie Anderson: Good evening. Now, I am no mathematician, but I'd like to talk about just couple of numbers that have really been bothering me lately, and they are zero and one.
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Alternate Versions

When the film was released, a music video of the song "Language is a Virus" was distributed to MTV. The video uses a completely different performance and arrangement of the song. A fast dance mix version of the song "Smoke Rings" was recorded but not used in the final film; it instead appears in Anderson's video production What You Mean We? (1987) (TV). See more »

Soundtracks

Langue d'Amour
Written and Performed by Laurie Anderson
Produced by Roma Baran and Laurie Anderson
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one of the few bright spots in an awful decade for music
27 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

21st century raconteur-troubadour Laurie Anderson shames the entire notion of the 'music video' with this filmed performance from her Mr. Heartbreak Tour. Perhaps the biggest surprise about the movie is that it wasn't made earlier: Anderson's audio/visual exhibitionism depends as much (if not more) on sight as it does on sound, and her recordings alone give little indication of the imagination and humor of her stage act. Employing a dazzling array of electronic effects and state-of-the-art musical instruments (for example a functioning keyboard necktie), she dances, sings, tells peculiar stories, jerks around like a marionette, and in general puts on a show that's as much fun to watch as it must have been to perform, with none of the pretensions normally associated with mass media performance art.


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English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Home of the Brave See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,250,000
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Talk Normal See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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