Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen

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University Press of Kentucky, 2013 - Performing Arts - 191 pages
From his cult classic television series Twin Peaks to his most recent film Inland Empire (2006), David Lynch is best known for his unorthodox narrative style. An award-winning director, producer, and writer, Lynch distorts and disrupts traditional storylines and offers viewers a surreal, often nightmarish perspective. His unique approach to filmmaking has made his work familiar to critics and audiences worldwide, and he earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001). Lynch creates a new reality for both characters and audience by focusing on the individual and embracing existentialism. In The Philosophy of David Lynch, editors William J. Devlin and Shai Biderman have compiled an impressive list of contributors to explore the philosophy at the core of the filmmakerÕs work. Lynch is examined as a postmodern artist, and the themes of darkness, logic, and time are discussed in depth. Other prominent issues in LynchÕs films, such as Bad faith and freedom, ethics, politics, and religion, are also considered. Investigating myriad aspects of LynchÕs influential and innovative work, The Philosophy of David Lynch provides a fascinating look at the philosophical underpinnings of the famous cult director.
 

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Contents

Forgotten Innovator
1
Chapter 1 Caucasian Youth
7
Chapter 2 From West End to Rochester
17
Chapter 3 Young Lion of Broadway
29
Chapter 4 The Sound of Applause
43
The Breakthrough Years
51
Chapter 6 Queen Garbo
67
Chapter 7 I Loves You Porgy
81
Chapter 8 Golden Boy
91
Chapter 9 Lost in the Stars
105
Chapter 10 Summer Holiday
123
Acknowledgments
155
Notes
157
Index
181
Series Page
193
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David Luhrssen is the arts and entertainment editor and film critic for the Shepherd Express and cofounder and director of the Milwaukee International Film Festival. He is the author of Hammer of the Gods: Thule Society and the Birth of Nazism and Elvis Presley: Reluctant Rebel.

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