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Watch: All of David Lynch’s Most Bizarre Moments… in Three Minutes!

Watch: All of David Lynch's Most Bizarre Moments... in Three Minutes!

Each video in this series will trace a crucial element of a brilliant American director’s work throughout the director’s filmography–in three minutes. Our first subject: David Lynch.

The films of David Lynch are
certainly not the easiest to digest.  Lynch has two well-known
fascinations in filmmaking: the inexplicable and the bizarre.  Often in a
David Lynch-directed work, we are presented with isolated moments that
simply do not seem to fit with, or make any coherent connection to, the rest
of the piece.  Even after further analysis and repeated viewings, many
of these moments just cannot be logically explained.  In addition to
these moments, Lynch frequently employs bizarre, disturbing
visuals and situations.  Frequently, the bizarre and the inexplicable
work together to create a sensation that can only be experienced
through David Lynch.

The
filmmaker’s knack for the unsettling was apparent from the start with
the squirming cooked chicken spewing blood in his feature film debut, ‘Eraserhead,’ a film which is inexplicable, bizarre, and
disturbing in equal parts.  Lynch’s unique styling seemed to settle down a bit in his next
two films, ‘The Elephant Man‘ and ‘Dune,’ due to an abundance of studio
interference.  However, Lynch returned to independent filmmaking with
what many consider his masterpiece, ‘Blue Velvet,’ and solidified the
Lynchian style.  From here onwards, every one of his films, as well as his television
series, ‘Twin Peaks,’ screamed “David
Lynch.”  In 1999, Lynch veered slightly off course and tried something
different with the G-rated film ‘The Straight Story,’ which was produced
by Disney.  The clearly self-aware title says it all, in this case.  However, despite the “normal” nature of the
film, there are still glints of Lynchian filmmaking peeking through the
modest picture. 

Here
is a look at some of Lynch’s trademark inexplicable and disturbing
moments, from the perplexingly caustic ‘Eraserhead’ to the hauntingly
beautiful mess ‘Inland Empire.’

Films included:

Eraserhead (1978)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Dune (1984)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Twin Peaks (series) (1990-91)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Lost Highway (1997)
The Straight Story (1999)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Inland Empire (2006)


Jacob T. Swinney is an industrious film editor and filmmaker, as well as a recent graduate of Salisbury University.

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