Young David Lynch Talks ‘Eraserhead’ in 1979 On-Location Video Interview

Young David Lynch Talks 'Eraserhead' in 1979 On-Location Video Interview

Some painfully bad questions (and hair) from the 23-old me
but good answers (and, as always, hair) from the 33-year-old David Lynch. Shot
for my television-production class at UCLA in 1979, this interview features
archival footage of the oil fields that served as a location for Lynch’s AFI
film “Eraserhead” and now lie beneath the Beverly Center. 

Also seen but alas not
heard much from (mea culpa, bad interviewing) is cinematographer Frederick
Elmes. I was working at the time for Parallax, now Landmark, Theaters, owners
of the Nuart, where Eraserhead was the midnight movie. (The video also includes
some funny responses from audience members.) Lynch had been with John Waters
earlier on the day of the interview and almost got him to join us. 

David later
provided me with a copy of his short film “The Amputee,” also shot by Elmes,
which we screened following the interview on one TV set outside on the UCLA
campus — a world premier. The interview ends on one of the great lines from
David Lynch, who said he wasn’t interested in Hollywood stars at the time: “If
you’re going into the netherworld, you don’t want to go in with Chuck
Heston.”

Watch the video interview with Lynch here.

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Comments

Mitchell

Mr. Christie,
I'm a student filmmaker working on an experimental short film which I intend to submit to festivals. Would it be alright if I used some snippets of David Lynch from your 1979 interview with him? It's not copyrighted or anything, right?
Thank you,
Mitchell Pratt

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