The Cinema of David Lynch: American Dreams, Nightmare Visions

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Erica Sheen, Annette Davison
Wallflower Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 207 pages
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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.

  

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I suppose that I should read my signed copy (David Lynch's signature, that is) some time, along with the other books about or by him that are signed. Oh, and I should watch that signed Mulholland Dr. DVD sometime again. Read full review

Contents

The Essential Evil inof Eraserh ead or Lynch to the Contrary
5
Facework in The Elephant Man
19
David Lynch Dune and New Hollywood
35
Lynchs Blue VWwfFreuds WolfMan
48
David Lynchs PostPunk Poetics
61
Postmodern Parody and the Musical Reconstruction
77
Twin Peaks Weak Language and the Resurrection of Affect
93
Gender Sexuality and Violence in the Cinema of David Lynch
107
Love Control and Collaboration in the Soundtrack to
119
Weird or Loopy? Specular Spaces Feedback and Artifice in Lost Highways
136
David Lynchs Lost Highway
151
The Life and Death of Creativity in Mulholland Drive
165
Filmography
182
Index
200
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About the author (2004)

Erica Sheen is a lecturer in literary theory and film at the University of Sheffield. She has published on Shakespeare, film theory and cinema history.

Annette Davison is a lecturer in film music at the University of Leeds. She has published on film composition and soundtrack.

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