David Lynch: Best Movies and Art
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David Lynch: Best Movies and Art. will be our first coverage of an extraordinary director. David Lynch is one of the most influencing persons in American Cinema.
David Keith Lynch is born on 20 January 1946, at Montana. He is an American director, filmmaker, painter, musician, sculptor, and photographer. Furthermore, he has been described as the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking by the Guardian.
In 1971, “David Lynch: Best Movies and Art” has started when he enrolled in AFI Conservatory. He later describes this place as “completely chaotic and disorganized, which was great … you quickly learned that if you were going to get something done, you would have to do it yourself. They wanted to let people do their thing. “
David Lynch was planning to film Gardenback but the interference from AFI Conservatory let him leave the AFI. But later Dean of the AFI accepted not to interfere with Lynch’s work. Therefore, he creates a new movie without any interference from AFI, Eraserhead.
Eraserhead is one of the movies that had financial problems at the time. So, Lynch eventually gets a loan from his father to finish the film. Furthermore, the filming process took 5 years to complete. When Lynch released this movie, he stated that not a single reviewer of the film understand the way he intended. Later, Stanley Kubrick said that it was one of his all-time favorite films.
The Elephant Man 1980
An executive producer named Mel Brooks saw Eraserhead and stated “I was just 100 percent blown away… I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen. It was such a cleansing experience”. Then, he contacted David Lynch and Lynch agreed Mel Brooks studio financing the project. Moreover, the first project written by David Lynch and it was named Ronnie Rocket but Lynch thought it wouldn’t be a good move because the financier will be against a movie about “Electricity and a three-foot guy with red hair”.
Later that year, David asked the producer to find him a script that he can direct. So, David got 4 options but he selects The Elephant Man when he first heard its name. Moreover, the movie based on a real story of a deformed man but Lynch wanted to make some differences in the story which he asked Brooks about it. Brooks accepted these changes.
The Elephant Man is a surrealist approach to filming like most of David Lynch films. Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt starred in The Elephant Man. So the movie was a huge success which received eight Academy Award nominations.
Dune – 1984
Dune is an interesting movie in David Lynch’s cinematography. It was based on an American novel by author Frank Herbert. Lynch was never happy with the final work of the movie. So, he later states that “Dune was a
kind of studio film. I didn’t have final cut. And, little by little, I was subconsciously making compromises”.
When Dune was intended to be as successful as Star Wars is, the at least financer (De Laurentiis) of the movie intended it to be like Star Wars. The movie cost $45 M while grossed 27.4 M only. Furthermore, Lynch agreed to film 3 movies for De Laurentiis before Dune. The intended plan was Dune, a sequel and a Lynch project which later become Blue Velvet.
Blue Velvet – 1986
Blue Velvet was an idea in Lynch’s mind in 1973. Lynch characterizes Blue Velvet as “a dream of strange desires wrapped inside a mystery story”. Furthermore, the movie included some Pop Songs from the 1960s, including “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton which is a big inspiration to the movie. Later, Lynch stated that Blue Velvet song was the movie that sparked the idea.
Although Laurentiis love the movie. But, the critics divided into half. Some of the audience hated the movie and others loving it which brings the mainstream attention to Blue Velvet. Blue Velvet earned David Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. One of his opponents in the race Wood Allen stated that Blue Velvet was his favorite film of the year.
Twin Peaks – 1990
During the end of 80s Lynch started to work for television while making movies. Twin Peaks, initially called Northwest Passage which Lynch stated: “The project was to mix a police investigation with the ordinary lives of the characters.”
ABC Network picked the story for a season consisting of seven episodes which Lynch directed. After, the seven episodes Abc went in to produce twenty-two additional episodes. Moreover, only six of these episodes directed by Lynch. The other episodes directed by different directors which Lynch hand-picked.
Mulholland Drive – 2001
Lynch approaches Abc to film a television drama. Abc accepts the offer. for a two-hour pilot for the series Mulholland Drive, but the early screenings got mixed reactions of the movie led the project to be shelved. However, Later StudioCanal financed the movie with $7 M and Lynch finished this movie.
Mulholland Drive selected as the top film of the 21st century by the BBC poll of 177 film critics in 2016.
Inland Empire – 2006
In 2006, Lynch featured Inland Empire. Inland Empire was the longest movie ever, that is been directed by David Lynch. Moreover, the Inland Empire doesn’t follow a common movie structure like Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway. Lynch described the Inland Empire as “A mystery about a woman in trouble”, later that year he made appearances with a cow and a placard with a slogan “Without cheese, there would be no Inland Empire“.
Inland Empire can be explained as the slogan itself. The movie is not a popcorn movie like other Lynch movies but its complex structure and disconnection from a normal narrative makes this film hard to understand. In each screening, you can see a different side of the story.
As a conclusion, David Lynch: Best Movies and Art consists of some strange stories. As the man himself is a gem in the movie industry, he is one of the most gifted directors. If you have never seen a Lynch movie you should consider to see it urgently.
Olivia Neergaard Holm has published a book about David Lynch the art and publish a movie with Jon Nguyen called Art-life of David Lynch. Lynch the Art Life offers the viewers an insight into the life of David Lynch.
He sometimes makes his hair based on artworks. How cool is that?
David Lynch has done some sculptures and paintings.
David Lynch has an article in the New York Times about his Museum Show.