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David’s Childhood

David Lynch is among the most famous directors of all time. He was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. His father, Donald Walton Lynch was a research researcher working for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his mother, Edwina “Sunny” Lynch, is was an English teacher. Lynch lived his early childhood with peace of mind, he didn’t worry about making new friends every time he started going to a new school.

“I discovered the totally and utterly wonderful world as a child. Of course, I had the normal worries, like going to school … for me, back then, school was a crime against young people. The professors created damage to the understanding and positive mentality of the students. “

In his 40 years of filmmaking, the director has effectively taken audiences from sunlit American stories to surreal tales populated by demons, doppelgangers, and psychotic killers. His are scenes you cannot forget: the weeping and deformed child in Eraserhead, the severed ear in Blue Velvet, the splashed violence of Wild At Heart, the nuclear wave of Twin Peaks: The Return. Search Google for “David Lynch weird” and get 5.5 million results.


David Lynch works in a studio on a slope above one of his 3 houses in the Hollywood Hills, a stone’s throw from Mulholland Drive. Lynch works in a corner, wearing cracked and old boots, coarse pants and the remnants of a black T-shirt that looks like it was shredded by a badger.

Actually David Lynch is a happy and affable soul. “I like my life,” he says. “It would be great if we could all fulfill our desires and live excellent, long, fulfilled lives. You can discover suffering and death everywhere if you look. Thousands of PhDs in Film. 

Lynch was interested in painting and drawing from an early age, and he was fascinated by the idea of ​​making it a profession when he lived in Virginia, where his friend’s dad was an accomplished painter. At Francis C. Hammond High School Lynch did not distinguish himself academically, having little interest in schoolwork, however he was popular with other students and after dropping out of school he chose to study painting in college. 

He began his studies at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, before moving in 1964 to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he was a roommate with artist Peter Wolf. Av they have some hope of being able to train in Europe with the expressionist painter AustrianOskar Kokoschka in his school.

Lynch returned to Virginia, but considering that his parents had moved to Walnut Creek, California, he stayed with his friend Toby Keeler for a while. She chose to move to Philadelphia and enroll in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Lynch later declared: “We lived on a low cost, but the city was full of dangers. A little boy was killed in the street … We were robbed twice, they shot at the windows and stole cars and trucks. The house was burgled for the first time in just 3 days after we moved … The feeling was of grave risk, and the concern was so extreme. “


Early Shorts


When commissioned work didn’t arrive, Lynch chose to work alone on an indie film and bought the cheapest 16mm camcorder he could find. Calling the film “57 seconds of development and fire, and 3 seconds of vomit,” Lynch looped it at the Academy’s annual end-of-year exhibit, where he shared the grand prize with a painting by Noel Mahaffey. After this award, wealthy H. Barton Wasserman provided him with $ 1,000 to develop a movie set at his home.

With the remaining money, Lynch chose to experiment with a mix of animation and live action, producing the four-minute short The Alphabet (1968). The film stars Lynch’s wife, Peggy, as a character intended as The Girl, who screams the alphabet at a series of images of horses before eventually dying from a blood hemorrhage on the sheets. Lynch used a damaged tape recorder to record Jennifer’s sobbing noise, developing distorted noise that proved to be particularly efficient.

Discovering the new American Film Institute, which offered grants to directors who could support their application with a previous job and a script for a new job, Lynch chose to send them a copy of The Alphabet along with a script that he had actually composed. for a brand new live action short film, The Grandmother. The institute agreed to help fund the project, initially using $ 5,000 from his required $ 7,200 budget plan, but later approved the additional $ 2,200. Film critics Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell wrote: “This film is a real curiosity, however it is made up of numerous styles and concepts that would seep into his later work, and reveals an exceptional mastery of the medium.”


In 1971, Lynch moved with his wife and son to Los Angeles, where he began studying film at the AFI Conservatory, a place he later called “… completely messy, which was great … you quickly discovered that if you were going to do something, you should have done it yourself. AFI principal Frank Daniel asked Lynch to make a film, thinking he was one of the best interns in the school. Lynch agreed on the condition that he could produce a job without interference .

Eraserhead was initially made with a length of about 42 minutes, but later became an 89-minute feature film. Its screenplay was only 21 pages, and Lynch was able to produce the film smoothly. Filming began. on May 29, 1972, overnight in a deserted barn, allowing the production group, Lynch and some of his good friends, Sissy Spacek, Jack Fisk, cinematographer Frederick Elmes and the sound designer Alan Splet, to create a scenography. The AFI offered Lynch a $ 10,000 grant, but it wasn’t enough to finish the film.

Shot in black and white, Eraserhead tells the story of Henry (Jack Nance), a peaceful boy who lives in a dystopian commercial wasteland, whose girlfriend offers birth to a deformed child that he leaves in his care. It was heavily influenced by Philadelphia’s frightened mood, and Lynch actually called it “my Philadelphia story.” Due to financial problems, Eraserhead’s filming was intermittent, stopping and starting regularly. 

It was in one of these interruptions in 1974 that Lynch produced the short film The Amputee, a one-shot film about 2 minutes long. Lynch attempted to get him into the Cannes Film Festival, however while some critics liked him, others found him terrible and he wasn’t cast for screening. New York Film Festival selectors also turned it down, but it was screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where Elgin Theater manager Ben Barenholtz heard about it. Stanley Kubrick said it was one of his all-time favorite films.

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The Elephant Man

David Lynch seeks funding for his next film, Ronnie Rocket, which he wrote the screenplay. Lynch quickly realized that Ronnie Rocket, a film about “electric power and a five-foot-eight person with red hair”, would not be chosen by any investor, and so he asked Cornfeld to find another script. which could have been done more easily. He happened to read the story of The Elephant Man, and Lynch chose to develop this project. 

The screenplay for The Elephant Man, written by Chris de Vore and Eric Bergren, was based on a real story, that of Joseph Merrick, a seriously deformed boy in Victorian London, exploited as a freak at country fairs, later taken under the care of a cosmetic surgeon, Frederick Treves. He sought permission from Mel Brooks, as Brooksfilms was in charge of production. Brooks saw Eraserhead and, after exiting the screening room, he said to Lynch: “You’re crazy!” 

Filming took place in London. Modernist and black and white, it has been called one of Lynch’s most classic films. The Elephant Man was a huge success earning 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Non-Original Screenplay . 


After the success of the Elephant Man, George Lucas,a big fan of Eraserhead, gave Lynch the opportunity to direct the third film in his trilogy of Star Wars, return of the Jedi. Lynch has refused, arguing that it was better that Lucas was directing the film himself, as the film was supposed to show his vision, not Lynch’s. Quickly, the chance to direct another big-budget sci-fi film came when Dino de Laurentiis asked Lynch to develop a film adaptation’s science fiction tale Dune of Frank Herbert(1965).

Lynch was dissatisfied with the work, Dune was a film produced by a great producer, with the logic of the Studios. It did not represent Lynch’s poetics. The studio made some editing cuts to make it more understandable than the initial version. Lynch opposed the changes and had his name deleted from the longer version, which credited Alan Smithee as the director and “Judas Booth” (a pseudonym developed by Lynch, which shows his feelings of betrayal) as the film’s writer.


Illustration and Photography

In 1983, he had actually begun writing and illustrating a comic, The Angriest Dog In The World, which included drawings of a companion dog who was so angry he couldn’t move, along with bewildering philosophical references. It was published from 1983 to 1992 in the Village Voice, Creative Loafing, and other tabloids and alternative publications. In this period Lynch also became interested in photography and traveled to the north of England to observe the degrading consumer and commercial landscape.

Blue Velvet

David Lynch was still contractually bound to produce 2 more works for De Laurentiis, the first was a sequel to Dune, which due to the film’s commercial failure, never went beyond the screenwriting stage. The other was a more individual work, based on a script Lynch had been working on for some time. Based on ideas Lynch had in 1973, Blue Velvet is set in the real city of Lumberton, North Carolina, and revolves around a college student, Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan), who discovers a severed ear in a field.

Lynch incorporated 1960s pop songs into the film, from Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” and Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet”, the latter of which greatly influenced the film. The other music for the film was composed by Angelo Badalamenti, who composed the music for many of Lynch’s later works. The film gave Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

Twin Peaks

Lynch at the 1990 Emmy Awards event caught the attention of TV producer Mark Frost, who had actually worked on projects like Hill Street Blues, and they chose to start working together on a Marilyn Monroe biopic based on the book. by Anthony Summers The Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. However, the project never got off the ground. They continued to work on a fun script, One Saliva Bubble, but it didn’t see the end. 

While talking in a bar, Lynch and Frost came up with the idea of ​​cleaning up the remains on a lake shore, and came up with the idea for a new project, initially called Northwest Passage, later modified to Twin Peaks (1990-91). ). During the first season Lynch directed 2 of the 7 episodes, dedicating more time to his film Wild at Heart, and carefully chose the directors of the other episodes. Lynch, who didn’t like the movies these directors made in subsequent episodes, decided to direct the last episode himself. He concluded on a cliffhanger (like Season 1), later stating, “this isn’t the ending.”

Wild at Heart

While Lynch was working on the very first episodes of Twin Peaks, his friend Monty Montgomery “gave me a book he wanted to make a movie from. With assistance from Gifford, Lynch adapted the story of Wild at Heart, a road crime film starring Nicolas Cage as Sailor and Laura Dern as Lula. Explaining his plot as a “strange mix” of “on the road, a love story, violent fun and mental drama”, Lynch changed much of the opening story, altering the ending and integrating many suggestions from The Wizard of Oz.

The plot of “Wild at Heart” follows the love story between Sailor Ripley, played by Nicolas Cage, and Lula Pace Fortune, played by Laura Dern. Sailor is a young man with a criminal past who is released from prison and escapes with Lula, his girlfriend, after her mother, Marietta Fortune (played by Diane Ladd), tries to have him imprisoned. Marietta disapproves of Sailor and Lula’s relationship and takes a series of actions to try to separate them.

The film is known for its non-linear narrative, dreamlike and surreal sequences, and a cast of eccentric and bizarre characters. It is an example of Lynch’s typical style, blending elements of noir, drama, and psychological horror.

“Wild at Heart” received critical attention and won the Palme d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. However, the film also generated controversy due to its explicit and violent scenes, leading to its classification as an adult film in some countries.

The film is notable for the intense performances of Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern and its soundtrack, which features a variety of songs, including Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”

In summary, “Wild at Heart” is a film directed by David Lynch that blends elements of love, violence, and surrealism in an unusual and bizarre story. It is a film appreciated by many fans of the director for its distinctive style but may not be suitable for everyone due to its explicit and disturbing content.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Following the success of Wild at Heart, Lynch returned to the world of Twin Peaks, this time without Frost, to develop a film that was primarily a prequel but also partly a sequel. Lynch said the film is about “isolation, pity, regret, confusion and destruction”. The film was a commercial failure in the United States, but a success in Japan, and some critics, such as Mark Kermode, have even called it Lynch’s “work of art.”

Here’s an overview of the film:

Plot: The film is set in the year leading up to the events of the “Twin Peaks” television series. It delves into the final days of Laura Palmer (played by Sheryl Lee), a young woman who appeared to be the perfect girl but concealed dark secrets and personal torment. Laura is depicted in a state of profound anguish as she confronts sexual and psychological abuse from her father, Leland Palmer (played by Ray Wise), who is possessed by an evil spirit named BOB.

The film also follows the efforts of FBI agent Chester Desmond (played by Chris Isaak) and agent Sam Stanley (played by Kiefer Sutherland) as they investigate the murder of Teresa Banks, a killing connected to the events in Twin Peaks.

Style: As is typical of David Lynch’s work, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” features a dark and dreamlike atmosphere, an eerie score by Angelo Badalamenti, and non-linear storytelling. The film explores dark and disturbing themes, including sexual abuse, the loss of innocence, and the evil lurking behind the facade of small-town America.

Initial Critical Reactions: Upon its release, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” received mixed reactions from both critics and audiences. Some fans of the television series were disappointed that the film primarily focused on Laura Palmer and did not provide definitive answers to many of the questions raised by the series. However, over the years, the film has gained a cult following and has been reappraised, with some critics praising its audacity and its ability to explore deep and dark themes.

In conclusion, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” is a film that expands upon the mysterious and surreal world of “Twin Peaks,” focusing on the tragic story of Laura Palmer and offering a deeper look into the depths of evil lurking beneath the surface of a small community. It is a dark and provocative cinematic work that continues to intrigue and divide audiences.


Lynch has worked on some television shows. He and Frost produced the hilarious series On the Air (1992), which was canceled after a 3-episode airing, and he and Monty Montgomery produced the three-episode HBO miniseries Hotel Room (1993) about stories that happen in a hotel over time. In 1993, Lynch collaborated with Japanese artist Yoshiki on the video for the X Japan Longing song.

Lost Highway

After his unsuccessful television work, Lynch returned to film. In 1997 he launched the anti-narrative film Lost Highway, which was co-written by Barry Gifford and starring Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette. The film didn’t work commercially but got a positive reaction from critics.

“Lost Highway” is a 1997 neo-noir psychological thriller film. As with many of Lynch’s works, “Lost Highway” is known for its enigmatic and surreal narrative, as well as its ability to blur the lines between reality and dreams. Here’s an overview of the film:

Plot: The film follows the story of Fred Madison, played by Bill Pullman, a saxophonist who suspects his wife, Renee, played by Patricia Arquette, of infidelity. Their relationship is strained, and Fred begins receiving mysterious videotapes on his doorstep, which seem to show someone filming inside their home. As the tension escalates, Fred becomes increasingly paranoid.

Suddenly, Fred finds himself arrested and accused of the murder of his wife, even though he has no memory of committing the crime. While in prison awaiting trial, Fred undergoes a bizarre transformation. He morphs into a younger man named Pete Dayton, portrayed by Balthazar Getty, and is released from prison under this new identity.

Pete becomes entangled with a dangerous gangster named Mr. Eddy, played by Robert Loggia, and falls in love with Alice Wakefield, another character portrayed by Patricia Arquette, who bears a striking resemblance to Fred’s deceased wife Renee.

The film weaves a complex, non-linear narrative that blurs the boundaries of reality, dreams, and identity, creating a disorienting and psychologically intense viewing experience.

Themes: “Lost Highway” explores themes of guilt, identity, and the unreliability of memory. It delves into the dark recesses of the human psyche, often leaving the audience with more questions than answers. The film’s fragmented narrative structure and surreal imagery contribute to its unsettling and dreamlike quality.

Style: David Lynch is known for his distinctive cinematic style, characterized by surreal and disturbing visuals, atmospheric sound design, and unconventional storytelling. “Lost Highway” is no exception, and it further solidified Lynch’s reputation as a master of psychological horror and mystery.

Reception: “Lost Highway” received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its atmosphere and Lynch’s ability to create a sense of unease, while others found the narrative disjointed and confusing. Over the years, it has gained a cult following and is often appreciated for its enigmatic and haunting qualities.

“Lost Highway” is a David Lynch film that immerses viewers in a dark, psychologically intense, and dreamlike narrative. It’s a film that challenges conventional storytelling and invites interpretation and analysis, making it a notable entry in Lynch’s body of work.

The Straight Story

Lynch then began working on a film from a screenplay by Mary Sweeney and John E. Roach, The Straight Story, based on a real story: that of Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), an elderly man from Laurens, Iowa , who makes a 300-mile journey to visit his ailing brother (Harry Dean Stanton) in Mount Zion, Wisconsin, aboard a lawn mower. When asked why he selected this script, Lynch said “it’s the script I fell in love with”, and revealed his love of Straight, explaining “he’s like James Dean when he was old”.

Unlike Lynch’s other films, The Straight Story does not include violence, obscenities or sexuality, which is unusual for many film industry executives. Le Blanc and Odell decide the plot made it look like Lynch’s least personal film. Indeed, from the very beginning, this is his true cinematic poetics – a surreal film.

Here’s an overview of the film:

Plot: The film follows the story of Alvin Straight, portrayed by Richard Farnsworth, an elderly World War II veteran living in Iowa. Upon learning that his estranged brother Lyle, with whom he hasn’t spoken for years, has had a stroke, Alvin decides to visit Lyle to reconcile with him before it’s too late. However, Alvin has mobility issues due to health problems and cannot drive a vehicle. So, he decides to make the journey from Iowa to Laurens, Wisconsin, on his old and reliable riding lawnmower.

The film tracks Alvin’s journey through the rural American landscape as he encounters a series of interesting characters along the way and shares life stories with them. The story highlights his indomitable spirit, determination, and the desire to reconnect with his brother.

Style: Unlike Lynch’s previous films, “The Straight Story” is known for its linear narrative, absence of surreal elements or dark subplots, and its touching and human tone. The film focuses on the simple beauty of everyday life and the strength of family bonds.

Reception: “The Straight Story” received positive reviews from critics and garnered numerous awards and nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film was praised for its heartfelt story and the moving performances of the cast, particularly that of Richard Farnsworth.

“The Straight Story” is a film that stands out for its simplicity and its true-life story of an elderly man determined to reconcile with his brother. It is a departure from Lynch’s traditional style but demonstrated the director’s versatility in tackling human and familial themes.

Mulholland Drive

Internet distribution gave Lynch the chance to shoot a two-hour pilot for the Mulholland Drive series, however disagreements over material and running time led to the work being sidelined forever. With $ 7 million from French production company StudioCanal, Lynch finished the film pilot, Mulholland Drive. The film performed fairly well at the worldwide box office and was a major success, making Lynch Best Director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (shared with Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn’t There) and Best Director at New York. Film Critics.

With the growing use of the Internet around the world, Lynch chose to use it as a distribution channel, launching several new series that he had created exclusively on his site, davidlynch.com, which went online on December 10, 2001. The exact same year, Lynch launched a surreal comedy, Rabbits, about a family of humanoid rabbits. 

Plot: The story of “Mulholland Drive” initially revolves around a young woman with amnesia, portrayed by Laura Harring, who survives a car crash on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. She stumbles into an empty apartment nearby and takes on the name “Rita” after seeing a poster of Rita Hayworth.

Rita crosses paths with Betty Elms, played by Naomi Watts, an aspiring actress who has just arrived in Los Angeles and is staying in her aunt’s apartment. Betty decides to help Rita uncover her true identity, and the two embark on a mysterious and increasingly surreal journey to unravel the enigma surrounding Rita’s amnesia.

As the film progresses, the narrative takes unexpected and often bewildering turns, blurring the lines between reality, dreams, and fantasy. It introduces a range of intriguing characters and subplots, including a film director, a shady conspiracy, and various strange occurrences.

Themes: “Mulholland Drive” explores themes of identity, illusion, and the dark underbelly of Hollywood. It delves into the psyche of its characters, offering multiple interpretations of their motivations and actions. The film invites viewers to question the nature of storytelling and the distinction between dreams and reality.

Style: David Lynch is known for his distinctive cinematic style, and “Mulholland Drive” is no exception. The film features surreal and disturbing visuals, a haunting musical score by Angelo Badalamenti, and Lynch’s trademark use of dream logic. It’s a psychological thriller that creates an atmosphere of mystery and tension.

Reception: “Mulholland Drive” received critical acclaim and is often considered one of Lynch’s finest works. It won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 and has since become a cult classic. The film’s open-ended narrative and rich symbolism have sparked numerous interpretations and discussions among viewers and critics.

“Mulholland Drive” is a David Lynch film that takes viewers on a mesmerizing and enigmatic journey through the underbelly of Los Angeles and the human psyche. Its complex narrative and dreamlike style have solidified its place as a significant and thought-provoking work in the world of cinema.


Inland Empire

In 2006, Lynch’s Inland Empire was released. It stars Laura Dern, Harry Dean Stanton and Justin Theroux, with cameos from Naomi Watts and Laura Harring as the voices of Suzie and Jane Rabbit. Lynch called the Inland Empire “a secret about a woman in need”. In 2009, Lynch produced a documentary web series directed by his son Austin Lynch and good friend Jason S., Interview Project. 

Intrigued by Werner Herzog’s work, in 2009 Lynch worked together on Herzog’s My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done ?. With an out-of-the-box narrative, the film is based on the real story of a star who devoted herself to matricide while starring in an Orestea production.

Plot: The plot of “Inland Empire” is extremely intricate and often obscure, with numerous subplots and characters intertwining in a labyrinth of reality and illusion. The film primarily follows the character Nikki Grace, played by Laura Dern, an actress who secures a role in a cursed film called “On High in Blue Tomorrows.” Over the course of the shoot, Nikki becomes increasingly identified with her character and becomes entangled in a web of mysteries and intrigues involving a love triangle and a darkness that seems to engulf her life.

The storytelling in “Inland Empire” is non-linear and experimental, and the film challenges traditional understandings of time and space. There are numerous subplots that interweave and overlap, and the boundary between reality and fiction becomes increasingly blurred.

Themes: “Inland Empire” explores themes such as identity, loss of identity, the perception of reality, and the power of imagination and cinematic art. The film is a highly subjective experience that invites viewers to interpret and find meaning in its images and complex narrative.

Style: The film is characterized by David Lynch’s distinctive style, which includes evocative and unsettling imagery, a haunting soundtrack, and a deep attention to visual symbolism. Lynch’s direction creates an atmosphere of tension and disorientation that contributes to the feeling of immersion in a labyrinthine world.

Reception: “Inland Empire” received mixed reactions from critics and polarized audiences. While some critics praised its experimental boldness and its ability to challenge cinematic conventions, others found it inaccessible and perplexing. The film has become the subject of intense discussions and varied interpretations and is often considered one of Lynch’s most enigmatic works.

“Inland Empire” is a highly experimental film directed by David Lynch, known for its complex narrative and evocative visual style. It’s a work that challenges traditional understanding and invites viewers to immerse themselves in a world of mystery and dream, where reality and illusion blend intriguingly.

Video and commercials

clipsSubsequently, Lynch directed music videos for several British bands, and commercials for brands such as Dior. It was thought that Lynch would retire from the movie business; according to Abel Ferrara, Lynch no longer wants to make films. In a June 2012 Los Angeles Times interview, Lynch said he doesn’t have the motivation to start a new film job, however “If I had an idea to fall in love with, I’d go to work tomorrow.”

Twin Peaks, New Season

On October 6, 2014, Lynch announced via Twitter that he and Frost would begin filming a brand new nine-episode season of Twin Peaks in 2015, with episodes scheduled to air in 2016 on Showtime. On April 5, 2015, Lynch revealed via Twitter that the business was still active, but that he would no longer direct the series as the spending plan was too low for what he wanted to do. 

While making it for Twin Peaks, Lynch was once again asked if he had actually retired from making films. He replied: “Things have changed a lot … So a lot of films weren’t good for producers even though they could be excellent films and things that were good for producers weren’t the things I wanted to do.”

Lynch hasn’t turned down the possibility of another season of Twin Peaks, however he has stated that if it were to happen, it would not air before 2021.

Lynch would be working on a new job for Netflix with the interim titles Wisteria and Unrecorded Night. He is responsible for directing and writing 13 episodes with a $ 85 million spending plan. Production was scheduled to begin in May 2021 in Los Angeles.

David Lynch’s vision and style

“I look at the world and I see absurdities around me. Individuals do weird things all the time, to the point where, for the most part, we manage not to see it. That’s why I like cafes and public places. ” David Lynch said his work is more comparable to that of European directors than to American ones, and that most soul-delighting films are by European directors. Stanley Kubrick and Billy Wilder. He actually also pointed to Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls (1962) and Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End (1970) as films that influenced his work.

A number of styles are repeated in Lynch’s work. Of his obsession with dreams, Lynch said: “Daydreams are the essential ones, the ones that come when I sit silently in a chair, letting my mind wander.” His films are perceived as magical realism.

Another of Lynch’s popular styles is the consumerist and industrial world, with images of the noise of manufacturing machines, the power of pistons, oil pumping drills and factory smoke, as well as he is seen in the commercial desert in Eraserhead, in the factories of The Elephant man, the sawmill in Twin Peaks and the lawn mower in The Straight Story. Of his interest in these things, Lynch said, “It makes me feel great to see a huge machine, you understand. , at work: dealing with molten metal. And I like fire and smoke. “

The concept of deformation is also discovered in numerous Lynch films, from The Elephant Man to the deformed child in Eraserhead, as well as death from head injuries, used in many David Lynch films. Other typical images of Lynch’s works consist of flickering images of electricity or lights, fire and stages on which a singer performs, typically surrounded by drapery.

In addition to The Elephant Man and Dune, set in Victorian London and a fictional galaxy respectively, all of Lynch’s films are set in the United States, and he actually stated, “I like things specific to America and it gives me ideas. Many of his works, from Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks and Lost Highway, are deliberately reminiscent of 1950s American culture despite being set in the last years of the 20th century. Lynch actually stated, “Those were great years … there was something in the air that is no longer there.

Likewise Lynch tends to include his main female stars in multiple roles, so that many of his female characters have numerous and fragmented identities. Alternate variants of the main characters and fragmented timelines could echo and reference the numerous analyzes of quantum physics and perhaps Lynch’s interest in quantum mechanics. 

Some have suggested that Lynch’s love of Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which uses a split main character (the characters of Judy Barton and Madeleine Elster, both played by Kim Novak) may have influenced this element of his work. His films regularly feature characters with supernatural qualities. Examples consist of The Man Inside the Planet in Eraserhead, BOB in Twin Peaks, The Mystery Man in Lost Highway, The Bum in Mulholland Drive, and The Phantom in Inland Empire. Lynch approaches his characters in a method that immerses them in a state of dream rather than reality.


Lynch is also commonly held in consideration for his collaborations with numerous artists on his films. He often works with Angelo Badalamenti for music, his ex-wife Mary Sweeney as a film editor, casting director Johanna Ray and actors such as Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Zabriskie and Laura Dern .


Lynch initially trained as a painter, and although he is now much better known as a director, he actually continued to paint. Lynch has in fact specified that “all my paintings are funny, violent and natural.” A number of his works are really dark in color, and Lynch actually stated that this is because he doesn’t show too much of a dream. It’s like a partial representation; you can enter the dream, and as it continues to be dark, the mind enters. in action and many things that happen there end up being painted. You start seeing what you like and the picture becomes like a dream.

Most of his works are also equipped with words and letters: “Words in paintings are often essential to make you start believing what else is going on in there. I used to cut out these little letters and stick them on. They are just amazing all lined up like teeth … often they end up being the title of the painting.

Lynch thinks the British-born artist 20th century Irishman Francis Bacon is his “number one hero”, specifying that “Normally I just like something of a painter’s work, but I like anything about Bacon.”

Lynch was the theme of a significant art retrospective at the Fondation Cartier, Paris, from March 3 to May 27, 2007. The program was titled The Air is on Fire and consisted of various paintings, photos, illustrations, alternative films and sound works . New artistic displays were produced specifically for the exhibition.

His university, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, created an exhibition of his work, titled “The Unified Field,” which opened on September 12, 2014 and ended in January 2015. Lynch is also represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles, and has actually been showing his paintings, illustrations and photographs with the gallery since 2011.  His favorite professional photographers are William Eggleston, Joel-Peter Witkin and Diane Arbus. 


Lynch’shas also been included in a number of musical works, many of which are associated with his films. In 2001 he launched BlueBob, a rock album made by Lynch and John Neff. In 2008, he founded his own record label called David Lynch MC which initially launched Fox Bat Strategy: A Tribute to Dave Jaurequi, in early 2009.

In November 2010, Lynch launched 2 electro-pop music songs, “Good Day Today. “and” I Know “, through the UK independent label Sunday Best Recordings. The songs were followed by an album, Crazy Clown Time, which was launched in November 2011 and referred to as an “electronic blues album”. Many of the Crazy Clown Time tracks have been featured in art music videos, David Lynch also directed the video.

On September 29, 2011, Lynch launched This Train with singer Chrysta Bell on the La Rose Noire label. The 11-song album was produced by Lynch and co-written primarily by Lynch and Chrysta Bell. The musical collaboration also produced a 5-song EP titled Somewhere in the Nowhere, which launched on October 7, 2016, on Meta Hari Records.

Lynch’s third studio album, The Big Dream, was released in 2013 and consisted of the single “I’m Waiting Here”, with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li. The Big Dream was preceded by TBD716, an enigmatic 43-second video included in Lynch’s YouTube and Vine accounts.

For Record Store Day 2014, David Lynch launched The Big Dream Remix EP which included 4 songs from his album remixed by different artists. The Bastille band is believed to draw inspiration from David Lynch’s work for their songs and music videos, the main one being their track “Laura Palmer” which is influenced by Twin Peaks.

On November 2, 2018, a collective album by Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti, entitled Thought Gang, was released on vinyl and on compact disc. The album was recorded on tape around 1993, however it was not released at the time. 2 songs from the album currently appeared on the soundtrack of the 1992 film “Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me” and 3 more songs were used for the television series “Twin Peaks” in 2017.

In May 2021, Lynch produced a brand new song by Scottish artist Donovan entitled “I Am The Shaman”. Lynch also directed the video for the song.

Set Design

Lynch created and built the furniture for his 1997 film Lost Highway, the coffee table in Madison’s house, and the VCR case. In April 1997, he supplied a collection of furniture to the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan. Working with designer Raphael Navot, architecture firm Enia and light designer Thierry Dreyfus, Lynch actually developed and created a club in Paris. Customers have access to shows, films and other works. Inspired by the club of the same name in his 2001 film Mulholland Drive, the underground area is made up of a series of spaces, each dedicated to a specific function.


In 2006, Lynch wrote a short book explaining his innovative procedures, his creativity and the benefits he had actually found through his transcendental meditation practice called Catching the Big Fish: Consciousness, Imagination and Meditation. Thus explains the metaphor behind the title in the introduction: the concepts resemble fish. 

You can stay in shallow water if you wish to catch small fish. If you want to catch the big fish, you need to go deeper. Deep down, the fish are purer. They are abstract and substantial. And they are truly gorgeous. The book weaves a non-linear autobiography with descriptions of Lynch’s cognitive experiences during TM.

Private life

David Lynch had a daughter, Jennifer Lynch, born in 1968, who is now a director. On June 21, 1977, Lynch married Mary Fisk and the couple had a son, Austin Jack Lynch, born in 1982. Lynch later established a relationship with Mary Sweeney, with whom he had a son, Riley Sweeney Lynch, born in 1992. Lynch has declared that “he is not a political individual” and that he understands little about politics. And I would continue to lean towards no federal government and not so many guidelines, other than traffic lights and things like that. ” Lynch went on to state that “I am now a Democrat.”

In 2009, Lynch signed a petition in aid of director Roman Polanski, demanding his release after Polanski was jailed in Switzerland in connection with his 1977 drug and rape indictment. Like children, I am. At a Trump rally read the interview stating Lynch as a fan, stating, “David Lynch could be considered one of the greatest presidents in history.” Lynch later made it clear on Facebook that the quote was taken out of context, stating that Trump “would not have had the chance to go down in history as an outstanding president “if he continued on the path of” creating suffering, “recommending him to” treat all individuals as you would like to be treated. “

Transcendental Meditation 


Lynch supports and spreads TM as a spiritual practice. started practicing TM in July 1973 and has been practicing the method regularly ever since. Lynch claims to ave r met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the creator of the MT movement, for the first time in 1975 at the Spiritual Regeneration Movement center in Los Angeles, California.

Along with John Hagelin and Fred Travis, a mind scientist at Maharishi University of Management, Lynch furthered his vision of college schools with a journey that began in September 2005.

8,000 people practice innovative meditation methods at her school, “promoting peace for the world”. In 2009, Lynch went to India to film people who understood the Maharishi as part of a biographical documentary. In 2009, Lynch staged a performance at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. David Wants to Fly, launched in May 2010, is a documentary by German director David Sieveking “that follows the path of his idol, David Lynch, into the world of TM”.

In 2013, Lynch wrote, “Transcendental meditation leads to a lovely and peaceful transformation. In a 2019 interview by British artist Alexander de Cadenet’s Lynch, Lynch said,” Here is an experience using the complete brain. ” David Lynch hardly ever smiles in photos. The statue of him is engraved in a face of Easter Island, he has half-closed lips and eyes. The tuft is a vortex frozen in the position of baffling Lynchian ideas.

David’s Thoughts

When the director looks at a manicured courtyard, his mind’s eye channels beneath it to surprise the secret, the mysticism and the evil – visions that he has effectively turned into mind-blowing films. With the exception of The Elephant Man (1980) and The Straight Story (1999), his films are non-linear and anti-narrative. Lynch also believes in reincarnation: “Life is a short journey. We will all get together “

About his book on meditation he says: “Ideas are like fish. If you get an idea that excites you, focus your attention on it and many other fish will swim in it. They will stick to it and you will get more ideas. When making a story for the screen, don’t think in terms of lines or plot turning points. See how cinema can say that, and it’s enjoyable for you. “

he He likes the excitement and quality of movies in theaters, but Lynch thinks theatrical releases are actually too short. “I wouldn’t make a movie in today’s world, since it might not be showing in theaters for long. Much better to make TV shows, a more comfortable medium where you can create a continuous story.” There is a theory that Lynch himself doesn’t constantly understand what’s going on in his stories. “I need to figure out for myself what things indicate and what is going on. A painting or a film, everything visual is his kind of language and it’s not ideal to try and say the same thing in words.

A movie is like a magical act, he continues, “and wizards don’t tell you how they did it.” The movie is the thing that needs to be protected. “No explanation for Twin Peaks: The Return’s ending, which briefly solved some stories just to fracture them and produce new puzzles? Even diehard fans wanted clarity. Lynch smiles.” No explanation. See, it’s lovely that someone came up with this. You could show scenes twice in many movies and it could always evoke something great. “

Lynch states that he tends not to check his movie reviews of him: “The excellent ones are not enough and the bad ones will depress you.”

Lynch loves crime movies and car and truck shows. His favorite movie from the previous year?

“Um,” he finally states. I don’t think I’ve seen any other movies. “

he Must have seen some of them. The shape of the water?




Black Panther?


Do you have any interest in them?

“I love making films. I don’t really like going out.

You can see them at home today. ”



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