How Does One Explain David Lynch And His Films?
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
23 May 2008
David Lynch makes very, very strange movies. Those who know his work
know what I mean. Those that don't will be fooled by his appearance and
demeanor. He looks like a normal, straight-laced, middle-aged guy. The
actors all say he's a wonderful guy, quick to listen to them and easy
to work for, etc., etc.
But the longer you watch this program and listen to him, you more you
are apt to see he is far from "normal." Lynch is a deep thinker, as
actress Laura Harring points out in this episode of "Biography." When
you ask Lynch questions about his films, he answers in generalities
about some facet about the human personality - how people look and
react to things. Lynch is NOT normal, believe me, and his quirkiness
and way of looking at life is what makes his films so different. For
most of his body of work, audiences will either love or hate it. All of
them either are put together oddly or the story is about something
Many of Lynch's movies feature the same actors, and some of them speak
here in on this TV show. Laura Dern certainly is one; so is Kyle
MacLachlan. Both of them starred in one of Lynch's most famous works:
"Blue Velvet." Those two, along with Dennis Hopper - who plays the
infamous "Frank Booth" in the movie, discuss this controversial film.
Lynch gets a lot of air time on this show, which surprised me.
Normally, he is not open to interviews. When you look at the bonus
features on DVDs of his film, you usually see everyone but him.
"My 'Philadelphia Story,'" is how Lynch describes his first feature
film, the wacky "Eraserhead." The director tells a funny story about
how that movie was perceived by Mel Brooks, who then went on to fund
the famous "The Elephant Man." Lynch was up for an Academy Award for
his directorial work in that movie, but that didn't impress him. "For
me, it's all about the work (that excites him), not about fame or
adulation." It is the process of doing a good film that turns Lynch on
and makes him happy....nothing else.
He didn't get much happiness with his next film, "Dune," which took
three years and bombed at the box office. "It was one, big failure," he
admits, although he said he learned a lot in the process.
The program then looks at and discusses Blue Velbet, "Wild At Heart,"
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," "Lost Highway," "The Straight Story"
and "Mulholland Drive." Dern commented she never had so much fun in her
life making a film as she did in "Wild At Heart." If you see the movie,
it's easy to understand.
Watching David Lynch's movies is a lot more entertaining than listening
to him speak. He talks in a monotone, with a lot of "ums" and "uhhs."
However, what he puts on screen, and the crazy actors he gets to star
in them, are anything but dull.
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