The strange world of David Lynch: transcendental irony from Eraserhead to Mulholland Dr
Anyone who has sat through the dark and grainy world of "Eraserhead "knows that David Lynch's fi lms pull us into a strange world where reality turns upside down and sideways. His fi lms are carnivals that allow us to transcend our ordinary lives and to reverse the meanings we live with in our daily lives. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than in the opening scene of "Blue Velvet "when our worlds are literally turned on their ears.Lynch endlessly vacillates between Hollywood conventions and avant-garde experimentation, placing viewers in the awkward position of not knowing when the image is serious and when it's in jest, when meaning is lucid or when it's lost. His vexed style in this way places form and content in a perpetually self-consuming dialogue. But what do Lynch's fi lms have to do with religion? Wilson aims to answer that question in his new book, "The Strange World of David Lynch."To say that irony (especially of the kind found in Lynch's fi lms) generates religious experience is to suggest religious can be founded on nihilism. Moreover, in claiming Lynch's fi lms are religious, one must assume that extremely violent and lurid sexual films are somehow expressions of energies of peace, tranquility, and love. Wilson illuminates not only Lynch's fi lm but also the study of religion and fi lm by showing that the most profound cinematic experiences of religion have very little to do with traditional belief systems. His book offers fresh ways of connecting the cinematic image to the sacred experience.
92 pages matching ironic in this book
Results 1-3 of 92
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Eraserhead and the Ironic Gnosis
Blue Velvet and Paradoxical Chastity
4 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
abyss Alice ambiguity amor annihilation apartment appears becomes Betty and Rita Blue Velvet Bobby British Film Institute camera Cathars Cinema claims cosmos creature dance dark David Lynch demiurge desire Detective Williams Diane Dick Laurent Dorothy Dorothy's dream vision dreamer Eddy Eraserhead evil experience fantasy father Fats Waller fear film's Films of David finds Frank Fred Fred's girlfriend gnosis Gnostic Henry Henry's Hollywood ibid idea identity illusion images ironic irony Jeffrey Jeffrey's kill Kurt Rudolph light Lost Highway lover Lula's Lynch's films Marietta matter meditation movie Mulholland Dr Mulholland Drive murder mystery negation negative theology Nochimson once parody Passion of David Pete picture play quest reality realm religion religious Renee reveals romantic romantic love sacred Sailor and Lula Sandy scene sexual soul spirit strange suggests tells things tion transcendence Transcendental Transcendental Meditation viewers violent virginal waking weird Wild at Heart woman