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Must Watch: 45-Minutes with David Lynch on Film, Art and Influences (NSFW)

Happy Birthday, David Lynch: Watch New 45-Minute Interview on Film, Art and Influences

He was in fine fettle, charmingly cagey about things he didn’t want to disclose, but very forthcoming for the most part. He was eloquent on the importance of sound in film (“50 percent of the film’s meaning”) and other matters painterly and cinematic.

In closing, I asked him the Ingmar Bergman question, prompted by Friday’s reports out of London that two documentarians found Bergman’s cache of DVDs. Among the discs were the usual suspects, like ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ But there were many unusual suspects — you might call them guilty pleasures — such as “Ghostbusters,” “The Blues Brothers” and the Goldie Hawn film “Foul Play.” I asked Lynch what surprises we might find in his DVD collection.

45 seconds of silence, followed by “That might take all night.”

In a panic, I reached for the most preposterous possibility: “Any Esther Williams films?” And Lynch smiled. He told an anecdote about the day he spied Williams in a restaurant. He strolled up to her table and said, “I’ve had a crush on you since third grade.” She thanked him, and then asked, “Why did you make Isabella Rossellini show her beaver?”

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