Where does one even start with David Lynch? The mind-bending director/writer/producer of such perplexing fare as “Twin Peaks,” “Mulholland Drive,” and “Blue Velvet” is in a league of his own. Perhaps the best way to understand his work is through his own words —and believe us, they’re pretty unique words, idiosyncratic to Lynch and Lynch alone.
Thompson on Hollywood contributor Carrie Rickey recently sat down with the legendary filmmaker at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute to discuss his work, filmography, and the new Lynch exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Lynch is a graduate of the program there). We highly recommend taking the time to view it in its entirety.
In the interview, Lynch talks about his early life, his transition from painting to moving pictures, his meditation techniques, and what it would be like to live in the world of his characters, plus countless other topics. His thoughts regarding the way in which network television is easier than feature length filmmaking is particularly illuminating.
At one point, Lynch stresses the importance of sound in cinema. Ironically, we should warn viewers to not be dismayed by the audio sync issues plaguing the video. Watch Lynch speak below.