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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)


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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USA | Denmark



Release Date:

20 April 2017 (Denmark) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,823, 31 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$169,517, 16 June 2017
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Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

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


David Lynch: When you're doing a painting or whatever... sometimes the past conjures ideas. The past colours them.
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The Night Bell With Lightning
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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You'd better read "Lynch on Lynch"
21 September 2017 | by clownsarefunnySee all my reviews

If you don't know anything about the life of David Lynch, some things in this film might be interesting for you. But they still seem pretty random and only scratch the surface. It's just chronologically arranged stations of his life, retold by Lynch himself. If you really want to know something about David Lynch, you'd better read "Lynch on Lynch" by Chris Rodley. Basically the movie just uses passages from the book but without the context or the depth the book delivers. If you read that book, don't bother watching this movie. It will bore you.

Cinematography is mediocre. Archive footage is just tons of pictures from Lynch as a child, e.g. family pictures. At few points the camera captures interesting images of Lynch, just being in his studio. Watching at his painting or interacting with his child. Unfortunately these moments are instantly destroyed by the constant voice-overs. I would have loved to just watch sequences of David Lynch painting. At so many points in his life he emphasized that he just wanted to paint and nothing else. And now this movie shows once again, how he went from painting to film making. Why not portrait the moments when he went back to painting because he did not want to film ever again?

If I didn't know better, I now would think of Lynch as a mediocre artsy-fartsy guy who likes to talk about himself.

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