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David Lynch had a lot of trouble getting financial assistance from the AFI, because the script was only 20 pages long. He received a grant from AFI but after about 3 years of production, ran out of money. At one point Terrence Malick screened the film for a potential financial backer, who walked out, calling the movie "bullshit". See more »
Towards the end of the film, there is a picture of what appears to be the Hiroshima explosion hanging over Henry's nightstand. In the next shot, the picture is gone See more »
For the rest of us, don't bother. This movie definitely has points about it that some would consider 'good', and other points which make this movie the most boring 1.5 hours of my life.
There are probably less than 50 lines in the whole movie. I wouldn't say that there is good 'imagery', but you get hung up on it because there are no words. The sound effects were INTERESTING, though not necessary good.
Some say it's ahead of it's time, not sure why. I've never seen anything like it since... Maybe it's 'time' is yet to come? Some say it doesn't have a plot- it does; it's just that it can be explained in 10 words or less.
This movie is definitely DIFFERENT- not because Lynch is a genius, but because no one has the time or energy to create such a piece of crap. I regretfully say that I think I could take 3 nightmares, randomly mix them together, and get a similar 'masterpiece'.
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