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Video of the day. David Lynch's "Lady Blue Shanghai" (2010)

20 July 2011 8:39 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How come no one told me this existed?  I may be a year late to the game, but this seems to be the longest video/film work David Lynch has directed since Inland Empire.

Filmed as a commission for Dior, Lady Blue Shanghai stars Marion Cotillard in a work that strongly continues the stripped down "amateur" digital aesthetic introduced by Lynch's 2006 masterpiece, working in a vein closer to video art / avant-garde video than his feature film-films.

What does this mean?  For one, it pushes Lynch's characters further away from the ostensible psychological naturalism that makes the stories of films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr. accessible despite continued forays into the "unexplainable."  Characters in Inland Empire and in this video are more like suspended ghosts than "real people," abstracted echoes of Americana, cinematic genre tropes, psychic impressions and resonances.  Most concerns here are not those of conventional storytelling; I think »

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