After the international success of Blue Velvet, Lynch was approached by Fiagaro Magazine and Erato Films to create a film as a part of their "The French as Seen by..." TV series. At first Lynch turned them down, but then he caught some ideas and agreed. The Cowboy and the Frenchman was the first time Lynch worked with veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton, who would later be featured in several other Lynch projects.
Other directors featured in the "French as seen by" series include Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog and Andrzej Wajda.
You can purchase The Cowboy and the Frenchman on DVD from the store at davidlynch.com. It's on the Short Films DVD.
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