One of David Lynch's artistic influences is acclaimed Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, who once remarked: "No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of our soul." Lynch was an apt pupil of Bergman's school of thought, leading him to develop a similar style utilizing many elements of drama, comedy, and horror in concert. This leads to some confusion when categorizing their films, since "thought provoking" and "soul stirring" are phrases typically not associated with the horror genre. But as you look over the work of Bergman and Lynch, you are hard-pressed to find a better way of describing their bodies of work.
35 YEARS OF DAVID LYNCH - INDEX
Intro. 35 YEARS OF DAVID LYNCH
- ERASERHEAD (1977)
- THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
- DUNE (1984)
- BLUE VELVET (1986)
- WILD AT HEART (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #0 LAURA PALMER: PART I (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #0 LAURA PALMER: PART II (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #1 SECRET BOYFRIEND (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #2 RED ROOM (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #8 MAIRZY DOATS: PART I (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #8 MAIRZY DOATS: PART II (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #9 MEALS ON WHEELS (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #14 HE IS BOB, EAGER FOR FUN (1990)
- TWIN PEAKS - #29 DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD (1991)
- TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (1992)
- ON THE AIR (1992) HOTEL ROOM (1993)
- LOST HIGHWAY (1997)
- THE STRAIGHT STORY (1999)
- MULHOLLAND DR. (2001)
- INLAND EMPIRE (2006)
- SHORT FILMS, WEB PROJECTS, AND COMMERCIALS
- CONCLUDING REMARKS
- THE DAVIDS: MASTERS OF CEREBRAL HORROR
- CLUB SILENCIO
- THE TWIN PEAKS PODCAST
- DEADLY PREMONITION (2010)
- 35 YEARS OF DAVID LYNCH TRAILER
- TWIN PEAKS: ONE AND THE SAME
- DUNE (1984) - NEW 2011 TRAILER
- 31 LYNCHIAN DAYS OF CHRISTMAS (32 Articles)
- THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER
- LETTERBOX VS. PAN & SCAN
- AMERICA IN PRIMTIME: TWIN PEAKS
- TWIN PEAKS: PATH TO THE WHITE LODGE
- 44 YEARS OF STANLEY KUBRICK
- ZOOEY DESCHANEL'S CHILDHOOD AND TWIN PEAKS
- DUAL SPIRES (2010) PSYCH'S TWIN PEAKS HOMAGE
- 35 YEARS OF DAVID LYNCH (FILM TRIBUTE)
- TWIN PEAKS 1080P HD!
- DR. DAVID LYNCH'S MOVIE PRESCRIPTIONS
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- WATCH "SIDE BY SIDE" TODAY!
- THE MASTER COUNTDOWN
- 35TH ANNIVERSARY COUNTDOWN
- THE RING SYMBOL
- IT'S A STRANGE WORLD... WITH FRANK CRONOGUE!
- TWIN PEAKS: DAYS 1-8
- TWIN PEAKS: DAYS 9-17
- COMING SOON: TWIN PEAKS: DAYS 20-26
- COMING SOON: TWIN PEAKS: DAYS 27-32
- COMING SOON: TWIN PEAKS: DAYS (-380)-(-378) AND (-7)-0
- COMING SOON: TWIN PEAKS GOURMET GUIDE
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FILM DIRECTED BY DAVID LYNCH?
Mulholland Dr. (2001). Not surprisingly, Mulholland Dr. performed well at the box office, but by and large was essentially overlooked by most people until it was released on DVD. Along with the other puzzle-like film gems that year, like Donnie Darko (2001) and Memento (2001), Mulholland Dr. found a larger following on DVD where the complex natures of those films could be re-watched more easily and examined more closely. In the year when A Beautiful Mind (2001) took home the Oscar gold, we cannot help but think the Academy missed the boat by not honoring a far richer and more entertaining film about self-delusion and internally constructed fantasy worlds. It is not only David Lynch's masterpiece but also a film most critics and bloggers now acknowledge as the best film of the last decade (2001-2010).
David Lynch Voices the Recurring Character of "Gus the Bartender"
on the Hit Animated TV Sitcom The Family Guy (1999-Present)
All David Lynch Has to do on the Set Today is Direct All His Actors to
Speak their Lines and Perform All their Actions Completely Backward
David Lynch BAFTA Interview
Justin Theroux, Lara Elena Harring, David Lynch, and Naomi Watts
at the Cannes Film Festival (2001)
David Lynch and Composer/Collaborator Angelo Badalamenti
THE DAVID LYNCH WORKOUT: STEP 1 - WARM UP
|Kyle MacLachlan Receiving Direction from David Lynch on the Set of Twin Peaks|
2. The Elephant Man (1980) - Filmed in gorgeous black and white film, this popular film portrays the true-life story of Joseph Merrick (renamed John for the purposes of the film) and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (John Hurt), Best Director (Lynch), and Best Picture. It features a young Anthony Hopkins in what is likely his best early film role. The MPAA rated this film "PG" (some parental guidance is suggested), but is appropriate for children who are comfortable with Charles Dickens-like stories of human cruelty.
3. Dune (1984) - Although this film tends to split Lynch's fan base more than almost any other, we firmly stand on its side and love it as the most profound, yet entertaining science fiction epic on film. Certainly the film could be improved with a longer running time in a future definitive cut, a point we make at length in our analysis of the theatrical and extended TV cuts of Dune. But regardless of what its detractors say, Dune is a surprisingly sophisticated blockbuster that exceeds nearly all artistic expectations without compromising a strangely entertaining tone. In fact, this was our gateway Lynch film that prompted us to take a look at his other films and eventually helped inspire us to write this article series.
THE DAVID LYNCH WORK OUT: STEP 2 - CARDIO
|David Lynch, Lara Elena Harring, and Justin Theroux at a Press Junket for Mulholland Dr.|
5. Blue Velvet (1986) - What begins as a sweet and fun-loving ode to small-town America quickly turns into something twisted as a young man gradually uncovers the town's mysterious and dark underbelly and faces his own demons. Blue Velvet is not only one of David Lynch's best films but also one of his most linear and straightforward. The sex and violence inherent to the subject matter will be unsettling, but it never feels alien to the needs of the story. Twin Peaks would later borrow its genre-blending style, mixing small-town mystery with dark comedy.
6. Mulholland Dr. (2001) - Widely considered David Lynch's masterpiece, this feature film follows a young aspiring actress in Hollywood as she begins to uncover a darker side of the film industry and herself. The film is strange without ever feeling random and feels like a dream that folds in on itself as the main character confronts reality. Everything Lynch strove to do throughout his career feels perfectly executed here. Routinely named the best film of the last decade (2001-2010), if you only watch one Lynch film in your lifetime, this should be it.
THE DAVID LYNCH WORKOUT: STEP 3 - SPRINT
|Unknown, David Lynch, and Jack Nance on the Production of Eraserhead|
8. Inland Empire (2006) - Somewhat similar in tone to Mulholland Dr., but the normal constraints of cinematic space and time seem irrelevant in this ode to an actress's struggle to perform her character.
9. Eraserhead (1976) - David Lynch's first feature film and certainly the most trippy to watch. This movie will spin you around on your head and twist you inside and out.
10. Lost Highway (1997) - You can see Mulholland Dr. in utero here, but some of the stylistic concepts are not yet perfected or fully formed. Beautiful, disturbing, and a true descent into madness.
11. Wild at Heart (1990) - Nicholas Cage rampages on screen as a man who seems to pattern himself after Elvis, finds himself in Oz, and is constantly getting in trouble for trying to do the right thing. David Lynch explores the question of whether someone Wild at Heart can find happiness in this life.
David Lynch Singing with Auto-Tuner
When we connect to the movies of David Lynch, we tend do so on a deeper level than with most other films typically encountered at the cinema. Like Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick before him, David Lynch makes movies according to his own sensibilities rather than mimic popular trends. For this reason, these three men's films tend to be more personal and meatier than most others, which frequently seem to be churned out simply to make money in the short term and yet be more disposable in the long. Many multi-hundred-million-dollar empty shells at the box office tend to slip from our collective memories as quickly as they arrived, but something about the films of Bergman, Kubrick, and Lynch stick to us through the years, as if revealing a style of film making belonging to humanity's future.
|David Lynch is Making a Documentary Right Now About|
His Recently Deceased Friend, the Maharishi Yogi
David Lynch's New Film Maharishi
David Lynch with His Trusty Sony PD-150 MiniDV Camera
David Lynch Frequently Broadcasts Interviews and Other Content from His Home Studio
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