David Lynch – A Great Filmmaker

Being a great filmmaker doesn’t land you in the Oscar race necessarily.  But it’s important nonetheless to always remember the great ones, regardless if lots of people in the industry “like” him or her.  David Lynch, we will never forget.  We bow down, eternally. Here is a video tribute:

David Lynch in Four Movements – A Tribute from Richard Vezina on Vimeo.

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Last year, Richard Vezina created a popular video tribute to Stanley Kubrick (A Stanley Kubrick Odyssey). Now he returns with David Lynch in Four Movements. Accompanied by musical pieces from Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch, each movement revolves around a distinctive theme or visual trend in Lynch’s works. Here’s how the 20 minute video unfolds:

First Movement: Melancholy and Sadness – Questions In A World Of Blue
Second Movement: Action, Violence, and Sex – The Pink Room
Third Movement: Dreams and Nightmares – Into The Night
Fourth Movement: Love and Hope – Mysteries of Love

28 Comments on this Post

  1. I’d love to see Lynch films like Mulholland Drive or Inland Empire but I’m not sure if I should rent them or wait for them to be shown on the big screen at the Egyptian or something. Any suggestions?

  2. A fine tribute. I’ve been thinking about Lynch quite a bit in the past few days. His Missing in Action status (of sorts) has been one major blow to the quality of American film in the past five years now.

    And to think. He… Along with Robert Altman… And, heck, Peter Jackson… And, even Ridley Scott… All lost out to Ron Howard in the Best Director category ten years ago.

    Bleah.

  3. Nice piece. He’s unflinching, but sees the beauty in everything – especially where you don’t expect to find it. His quirkiness makes it all the more fun. The Elephant Man reduces me to tears where other sentimental stuff fails.

    You startled me, though – I thought he died!

  4. Jesse, bigger screen is always better. But I first saw Mullholland Dr and Inland Empire on home screens and it didn’t diminish my pleasure. They’re both largely enclosed in claustrophobic interiors, dimly lit and tightly bound, so they play well on smaller screens too.

  5. @Ryan Much appreciated. I’ll probably bump Mulholland Drive to the top of my queue now.

  6. I will never forget the first time I saw Blue Velvet. Dear God, what a film.

    Any word on what he’s working on now, if anything?

  7. A fine tribute. I’ve been thinking about Lynch quite a bit in the past few days. His Missing in Action status (of sorts) has been one major blow to the quality of American film in the past five years now.

    Boy do I agree. I think he got his ass kicked on Inland Empire. It’s like he never wanted to make a movie again after that. I think it had financing problems and the critics killed it. Stupid critics. It makes me ill at the thought of that stopping him. But I wish he’d get back to making movies, really and truly.

  8. I agree with Ryan – you can watch them on the small screen, especially Inland Empire which I believe was conceived by Lynch to play on smaller screens. Blue Velvet is breathtaking on the big screen but it plays great on regular TV too.

  9. Yep. I wholeheartedly agree with Ryan – watching it on the small screen is fine for most of his films.
    For anyone who’s interested, he has recorded an album (which I own) that will do in the short term. He wrote, plays and sings on all but one track. The other is Karen O on Pinky’s Dream (brilliant stuff)

    Just play the music, sit back and contour up your own lynchian images.

  10. I always considered myself a David Lynch fan until Inland Empire. That movie made me angry.

    He’s fine though. For a minute you guys made me worry. I never opened a google window so fast. It’s like he retired or worse. Anyway he tweets all the time and seems more concerned with his TM stuff. He did a concert thingy with Duran Duran that I watched live on the internet and really enjoyed. And I think he did something with Russell Brand recently. He’s just doing different stuff. He’ll make movies again I’m sure.

    I had no choice but to watch Muholland Dr. on DVD since it didn’t play here. But I bought it sight unseen and loved it so much. Then I went on the IMDb boards to talk about it. And we were talking about something specific and easter egg like in the Club Silencio. I went and replayed it to see what everyone was talking about was just about to be shocked at what I’d seen with my face almost right up at the screen when I turned my head and saw something even more shocking and sort of ran backwards and bumped into the couch and landed on the floor. No one else freaks me out like that. And the most scared I’ve ever been watching a movie or TV was Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me with Bob and the dresser. Holy crap.

  11. I loved Inland Empire. I admit it’s a hard film, but I loved the celebration of the women he’s worked with.
    My DVD I lent out has never been returned. Oh well, I’ll buy it again I suppose.

    Agree about bob and the dresser and never new about no Easter egg. Will put it on tonight.

  12. I think seeing Elephant Man and Eraserhead in college film class truly changed my life (with many other films of course). I’m originally from Tennessee – it’s not film centric there, obviously. I’m not saying it’s DL that did it, but that exposure to film made me reach further in life and lead me to what my life became and is today. He opened my head to accept and desire so much more than I had ever been exposed to. DL is a household name, an icon, a pioneer. No doubt. Will be remembered long after we are all gone.

  13. @Mattoc Maybe you saw “it” but didn’t think of it as an easter egg. When we were talking about it was the the first week the DVD was out. So we were all looking for clues, etc. It’s probably common knowledge by now.

  14. Sasha, can you post the list of Detroit Film Critics winners? It’s on my blog and the link below.

    http://thescreenteen.blogspot.com/2011/12/84th-oscars-detroit-film-critics.html?m=1

  15. uhmmm…. “David Lynch, we will never forget.” –> is he dead? why this somber/morbid piece?

  16. ^
    How do you extract “morbid” from an ardent tribute? Unless it’s because you only ever comment trying to provoke friction.

  17. I can´t hear the cowboy anymore.

  18. Wild at Heart is a great film, and the trailer would have to be one of my all time favorites.

    Lost Highway I think has the best soundtrack, even leaving off Song to the Siren for some unknown reason.

    And every time I cut the grass, I just want to see The Straight Story.

    I have never seen Hotel Room, but would love too. It fell off my radar about 15 years ago and kinda lost interest tracking it down.

  19. I had gone to movies before, yes, but the very first film I saw at a theatre alone and on my own initiative, and out of the mainstream, was a late night screening of Eraserhead in 1978 when I was 18. I loved, and love, that film. It opened my eyes to the possibility that film could be as nuanced, and as overwhelming in a way as poetry in the right hands. Surrealism is disdained in our time because it is essentially radical and discomforting – the very opposite of so-called social media.

  20. I actually thought it was an obit and panicked, myself.

  21. the way this was introduced I thought he died LOL

  22. knee play

    i also thought he’d died and panicked for a minute. ha.

    thanks for this though. i still think “mulholland drive” is the best film to come out of this century so far.

  23. “I actually thought it was an obit and panicked, myself.” <– see Ryan?
    "the way this was introduced I thought he died LOL" :D happy new year!!

  24. David, yes, I do see.

    I see how some people can take a misunderstanding and turn it into funny comment. While others misconstrue the tone and try to portray it as Sasha’s problem.

    Happy New Year yourself.

  25. Is there any other director around that can wipe the smile off your face so fast?

    Is there any other director around when after seeing their film you just can’t wait to get home and put your head on the pillow and ponder?

    Is there any other director who is so fucking suave?

  26. Ugh, the writing in the past tense made me think he had died. I had to look it up to make sure he hadn’t. Thanks. And apparently it wasn’t just me who though that.

  27. Yeah Jiminy Cricket. The way it was written, I thought he was dead. :(

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