David Lynch: Interviews

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-21
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
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Few directors in the past three decades have produced movies more compelling, controversial, or confounding than David Lynch (b. 1946). And fewer still have been so reluctant to talk about what they do. In this collection, editor Richard A. Barney has chosen the rare interviews in which Lynch opens up to questions rather than deflecting them. Whether Lynch is talking about his earliest film shorts such as The Grandmother or the break-out surrealist feature Eraserhead, the hit TV series Twin Peaks or his Oscar-nominated The Elephant Man or Blue Velvet or his most recent experimental tours de force, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, he stresses the power of image and sound to communicate his vision.David Lynch: Interviews is the first survey of conversations with the director covering the broad spectrum of his artistic activities throughout his career, including filmmaking, painting, music production, and furniture design. It documents the evolution of Lynch’s role in discussing his movies, from his self-described pre-verbal stage” in the early years to his increasingly elaborate, though persistently elusive, articulations. It also registers the intense international interest in Lynch’s work, with interviews from French and Spanish sources translated here for the first time.

Author Biography

Richard A. Barney is associated professor of English at the University of Albany, State University of New York, and is the author of Plots of Englishtenment: Education and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century England.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Chronologyp. xvii
Filmographyp. xxi
Eraserhead: Is There Life after Birth?p. 3
Good Eraserhead: Indianap. 9
Director David Lynch?From Cult Film to ElephantManp. 19
You Can Have Any Colour So Long as It's Blackp. 22
Is There Life after Dune?p. 29
Out to Lynchp. 34
Blue Moviep. 41
A Dark Lens on Americap. 49
David Lynchp. 60
Interview with David Lynchp. 106
An Interview with David Lynchp. 125
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me: The Press Conference at Cannes 1992p. 134
Naked Lynchp. 145
Interviewp. 150
The World Reveals Itselfp. 163
Highway to Hellp. 170
The Icon Profile: David Lynchp. 180
The Road to Hellp. 194
I Want a Dream When I Go to a Filmp. 200
David Lynch: A 180-Degree Turnaroundp. 213
Getting Lost Is Beautifulp. 222
Mulholland Drive, Dreams, and Wrangling with the Hollywood Corralp. 232
David Lynch and Laura Dern: Inland Empirep. 246
Inland Empire, Transcendental Meditation, and the "Swim" of Ideasp. 251
Indexp. 267
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