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David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

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Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.
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Cast overview:
David Lynch ... Himself
Lula Lynch Lula Lynch ... Herself, David Lynch's daughter (as Lula)
Edwina Lynch Edwina Lynch ... David Lynch's mother (archive footage)
Donald Lynch Donald Lynch ... Himself, David Lynch's father (archive footage)
Peggy Reavey Peggy Reavey ... Herself, David Lynch's first wife (archive footage)
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David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they're new ideas, the past colors them."

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Experience a unique documentary event: exploring the life and the mind of the creative genius behind David Lynch. See more »


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USA | Denmark

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English

Release Date:

20 April 2017 (Denmark) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,823, 2 April 2017

Gross USA:

$171,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$311,470
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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It took several years for completion. See more »

Quotes

David Lynch: When you're doing a painting or whatever... sometimes the past conjures ideas. The past colours them.
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Soundtracks

I Have a Radio
Written and performed by David Lynch and Dean Hurley
Published by Bobkind Music Inc (ASCAP) / Team Hurley (ASCAP)
Administered by Universal Music Corp / Downtown Music Publishing
Courtesy of Sunday Best Recordings
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27 April 2017 | by js-66130See all my reviews

Much like a David Lynch film, the documentary on said subject "The Art Life", mixes surreal tales, uncomfortable silences, and gorgeous photography.

Sure to befuddle many, this moody documentary concentrates on Lynch's visual art, barely touching on his filmmaking claim to fame. Revealed solely through his smoking words, "The Art Life" presents absorbing childhood recollections as Lynch creates his stark art pieces. It's beautifully shot, methodically paced, with a rather unsettling quality.

There is no external opinion to be had, as the film exists entirely in Lynch's world. We see him making art, talking art, pondering art, and then making more art. He is obsessed, focused, but friendly and charming, whether in the midst of molding a creepy canvas, groping his shock of white hair, planning his next canvas move in a cloud of smoke, or interacting with his tiny daughter. The mystery of Hollywood's extreme outsider remains deliciously intact.

Unforgettable.


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