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Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)

The performer of Twin Peaks theme Julee Cruise's experimental concert film, which opens with a short intro where a man breaks up with his girl over the phone, which devastates her. The concert is set in her nightmarish subconscious mind.

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David Lynch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Heartbroken Woman
Nicolas Cage ... Heartbreaker
Julee Cruise ... The Dreamself of the Heartbroken Woman
Lisa Giobbi Lisa Giobbi ... Female Dancer
Félix Blaska Félix Blaska ... Male Dancer
Michael J. Anderson ... Woodsman (Twin A)
André Badalamenti André Badalamenti ... Clarinet Soloist (Twin B)
John Bell John Bell ... The Tall Skinned Deer
Warick Bright Warick Bright ... Snare Drummer
Ann C. Fink Ann C. Fink ... Back-Up Singer (as Ann Fink)
Sarah Napier Sarah Napier ... Back-Up Singer
Marc B. Lorber Marc B. Lorber ... Video Team
Tom Judson ... Video Team
Brian Keane ... Video Team
Sebastian Stuart Sebastian Stuart ... Video Team
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After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love. Written by Jennifer Harrison

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Symfonia przemyslowa nr 1 See more »

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Propaganda Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Much of the music came from director David Lynch's TV series Twin Peaks (1990). See more »

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Features Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Spins
Music by Angelo Badalamenti
Lyrics by David Lynch
Performed by Julee Cruise
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Scrapyard dreaming
4 April 2016 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

There are two sides to Lynch. One is the master who works in long, abstract form and gives us not just a world and some plot that takes place there but a world together with the mind that gives rise to it, creates agency from that mind that is itself at the mercy of that world.

The other is the art school student, painter, sculptor, all around quirky guy who loves to populate these abstract forms with scrapyard theatrics and figures, log ladies and black-faced monsters behind the corner. It takes both of these Lynches to give us the truly mind-bending stuff that haunt.

Here we have just the second Lynch. He got together with Angelo Badalamenti, secured a soundstage and staged a performance piece around dreamlike heartbreak. We have bodies suspended on strings, a midget who recites, a demonic figure dancing on stilts. Various hues of light, beams and flashes, an industrial feel. The good witch from Oz sings throughout.

It has something akin to purpose, framed as it is as Lula and Sailor breaking up at the start, it was probably something he had fun with for a few weeks after finishing Wild at Heart. But it's a thin agency and mostly these forms mingling on a scrapyard stage, a bout of eccentricity.

He would do a lot more of these in later years when he could just grab a digital camera, but it's when both Lynches are at work that I'm interested.


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