The end of next month marks the 38th anniversary of David Lynch’s debut feature film, “Eraserhead.” To preemptively commemorate the occasion, we thought we’d dust off an oldie, but a very much still relevant goodie. Filmmaker (and mega Lynch buff) Michael Warren cut together a fantastic 18-and-a-half-minute supercut of Lynch’s work three years ago, which holds up, given that the writer-director’s last feature was “Inland Empire” way back in 2006.
Warren’s tribute chronicles all ten of one-of-a-kind artist’s narrative movies to date, including “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.” A true homage, it doesn’t skimp on making use of shots from the “Twin Peaks” series, either. Notable not just for its thoroughness, Warren’s video is wonderfully edited. He seamlessly splices together “Dune,” “Wild at Heart,” and “The Elephant Man” with “Blue Velvet,” “The Straight Story,” and “Mulholland Drive” (not to mention the other aforementioned pictures). Just as strong, though, is the way Warren overlays the soundtrack to his supercut, incorporating such Lynch selections as “Sixteen Reasons” by Connie Stevens (which was heard in “Mulholland Drive”) and “In Dreams” by Roy Orbison (from “Blue Velvet”). What’s perhaps coolest, though, is that in addition to all of the above, Warren also found space to include footage from a speech Lynch gave to 5,000 children in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. That’s definitely not something we get to see in every Lynch-centric supercut.
Even though this video is a few years old, there’s good reason to suspect Warren might have cause to update it in the near future. As you probably heard, David Lynch is working with Showtime on the next season of “Twin Peaks,” which is exciting stuff.
What is your favorite entry in Lynch’s filmography? Favorite character? Favorite scene? What about all time favorite shot? Leave your votes in the comments, and be sure to watch Michael Warren’s supercut below.