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The Cinema of David Lynch : Directors' Cuts - Erica Sheen

The Cinema of David Lynch

Directors' Cuts


Published: 15th February 2004
For Ages: 22+ years old
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David Lynch is an anomaly. A pioneer of the American 'indie' aesthetic, he also works in Hollywood and for network TV. He has created some of the most disturbing images in contemporary cinema, and produced startlingly innovative work in sound. If the consistency of his 'vision' suggests he might be approached as an auteur, defining that vision raises many questions. The essays in this collection push toward a fuller account of the cultural and technological contexts within which his works developed during the 1980s and 1990s, and of his intense engagement with the creative and working practices of the industry. They offer an up-to-date range of theoretically divergent readings that demonstrates not only the difficulty of locating stable interpretative positions for Lynch's work, but also the pleasure of finding new ways of thinking about it. Films discussed include Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, and Mulholland Drive.

This range and intensity of theoretical approaches marks this book as a worthwhile study...The essays indicate provocative and constructive way of interpreting Lynch's films.--Daniel Herbert "Film International "

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Notes on contributorsp. vii
Introduction: American Dreams, Nightmare Visionsp. 1
The Essential Evil in/of Eraserhead (or, Lynch to the Contrary)p. 5
David Lynch and the Mug Shot: Facework in The Elephant Man and The Straight Storyp. 19
Going into strange worlds: David Lynch, Dune and New Hollywoodp. 35
Mysteries of Love: Lynch's Blue Velvet/Freud's Wolf-Manp. 48
Blue Velvet Underground: David Lynch's Post-Punk Poeticsp. 61
Laura and Twin Peaks: Postmodern Parody and the Musical Reconstruction of the Absent Femme Fatalep. 77
Twin Peaks, Weak Language and the Resurrection of Affectp. 93
'In Dreams...': Gender, Sexuality and Violence in the Cinema of David Lynchp. 107
'Up in Flames': Love, Control and Collaboration in the Soundtrack to Wild at Heartp. 119
Weird or Loopy? Specular Spaces, Feedback and Artifice in Lost Highway's Aesthetics of Sensationp. 136
Beyond Boundaries: David Lynch's Lost Highwayp. 151
'All I Need is the Girl': The Life and Death of Creativity in Mulholland Drivep. 165
Filmographyp. 182
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 200
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ISBN: 9781903364857
ISBN-10: 190336485X
Series: Directors' Cuts
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 15th February 2004
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.37