“The Wizard of Oz” (dir. Victor Fleming, 1939)
The family-friendly fantasy classic is a longtime obsession of Lynch’s: the director made numerous homages to it over his career in films like “Wild at Heart,” and in a 2001 New York Film Festival Q&A, he said, “There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about ‘The Wizard of Oz.'”
Lynch’s love for the Judy Garland musical is canonical enough that an entire documentary framing all of his movies through the lens of Fleming’s film, “Lynch/Oz,” premiered at the BFI London Film Festival last year.