Fans of David Lynch (and great TV in general) had a lot to be joyous about this past week when it was announced that “Twin Peaks,” one of the most influential TV shows of the medium’s history, will return in 2016 on Showtime. Not only does this mean we might finally get an answer to the cryptic and therefore appropriately Lynch-ian finale of the original series (which “Fire Walk with Me” couldn’t resolve, since it was a prequel), it also means that we’ll get some new Lynch material after what will then be a ten-year-long dry spell since the nightmare machine known as “Inland Empire”.
And what better way for fans to get pumped up than revisiting Lynch’s filmography through an expertly constructed tribute video? Vimeo user Richard Vezina’s montage unfolds in four distinct movements that cover the moods and colors of Lynch’s oeuvre: Questions in a World of Blue, The Pink Room, Into The Night, and Mysteries of Love.
Even though it runs at an overlong 20-minutes, Vezina’s work goes beyond a typical tribute that merely splices together a bunch of footage from an admired director’s work. He cleverly combines different films within the same frame via superimpositions, split screens, as well as overlapping sound and dialogue in order to present a study of Lynch’s use of framing, color, and many unique visual and aural patterns. For newcomers, it’ll surely spark some interest in Lynch’s work. For seasoned admirers of creepy bunnies in sitcoms from hell, they will be inspired to dig into their Blu-ray collections to conduct a personal Lynch retrospective. Speaking of Blu-ray, when the hell is “Mulholland Drive” coming out stateside? [35MM]