A 20-minute, black-and-white interview has surfaced on Open Culture between David Lynch and a UCLA grad that dates back to 1979. Most of the video takes place in the oil fields of Los Angeles where Lynch filmed part of “Eraserhead” years before. The opening of the interview frames Lynch as being weird, mysterious, and even a little grotesque; after all, he’s being questioned above the remains of a dead cat that was left on set five years before.
Lynch doesn’t do much to confirm or deny any hypotheses about what “Eraserhead” is. At one point, he’s asked if he’ll expand upon the subject of the film as “a dream of dark and troubling things.” He simply responds, “No.”
A crowd of audience members leaving the theater after a screening of the film aren’t shy to express how they felt about the film, though. Some found the film to be brilliant, while others found it to be a waste of time. Lynch doesn’t seem to care what they think. He just cares that they thought something.
Watch the long lost interview above.