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Travis, the enigmatic main character of the movie, is a creature of an older world, obsessed with the past. At one point, he asks if he can trade his new cowboy boots for his brother’s old, worn ones; symbolically, he’s clearly prepping for a march into history. This interest in moving backward, instead of forward, makes him an anachronism in modern L.A.—a fish out of water in an ocean of dubious “progress”.
This piece is strongly motivated by this dialogue between past and present, privileging iconography over psychology. The metalic structure advertising a vacant lot in “Paris, Texas” refers to the property Travis purchased. He believes this is the location of his conception."
Based on A. Down, 2014, Critics of Cinema