David Lynch: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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Few directors in the past three decades have produced movies more compelling, controversial, or confounding than David Lynch (b. 1946). And fewer still have been so reluctant to talk about what they do. In this collection, editor Richard A. Barney has chosen the rare interviews in which Lynch opens up to questions rather than deflecting them. Whether Lynch is talking about his earliest film shorts such as The Grandmother or the break-out surrealist feature Eraserhead, the hit TV series Twin Peaks or his Oscar-nominated The Elephant Man or Blue Velvet or his most recent experimental tours de force, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, he stresses the power of image and sound to communicate his vision.

David Lynch: Interviews is the first survey of conversations with the director covering the broad spectrum of his artistic activities throughout his career, including filmmaking, painting, music production, and furniture design. It documents the evolution of Lynch's role in discussing his movies, from his self-described "pre-verbal stage" in the early years to his increasingly elaborate, though persistently elusive, articulations. It also registers the intense international interest in Lynch's work, with interviews from French and Spanish sources translated here for the first time.

 

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Contents

Introduction
vii
Chronology
xvii
Filmography
xxi
Is There Life after Birth?
3
Indiana
9
Director David Lynch From Cult Film to Elephant Man
19
You Can Have Any Colour So Long as Its Black
22
Is There Life after Dune?
29
Naked Lynch
145
Interview
150
The World Reveals Itself
163
Highway to Hell
170
David Lynch
180
The Road to Hell
194
I Want a Dream When I Go to a Film
200
A 180Degree Turnaround
213

Out to Lynch
34
Blue Movie
41
A Dark Lens on America
49
David Lynch
60
Interview with David Lynch
106
An Interview with David Lynch
125
Fire Walk with Me The Press Conference at Cannes 1992
134
Getting Lost Is Beautiful
222
Mulholland Drive Dreams and Wrangling with the Hollywood Corral
232
Inland Empire
246
Inland Empire Transcendental Meditation and the Swim of Ideas
251
Index
267
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Richard A. Barney is associate professor of English at the University of Albany, State University of New York, and is the author of Plots of Enlightenment: Education and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century England.