David Lynch didn’t burst into the cinematic scene so much as crawl. Antagonistic reviews of his first feature, the comic-surreal nightmare Eraserhead prompted midnight movie distributor Ben Barenholtz to strategically roll out the film over the course of two years, literally “cultivating” its audience. Shot in dilapidated industrial settings, seething with rumbles and hisses, peopled with disfigured and eccentric characters and featuring a famously indefinable creature described as a premature baby, the film propels viewers into a shocking, black & white dreamscape. Writing together, critics J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum have described it as “the most beautiful and brilliant film ever to become a midnight blockbuster.” —Doug Cummings
David Lynch grew up as a Presbyterian. David Lynch spent his childhood throughout the Pacific Northwest and Durham, North Carolina depending on where his father’s job as a research scientist for the Department of Agriculture took him. His mother was an English tutor whose parents immigrated to the United States from Finland in the 19th century. David Lynch attained the rank of Eagle Scout and, as a teenager served as an usher at John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Inauguration. David Lynch took courses at The Corcoran School of Art during his high school career at Francis C. Hammond High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for one year (where he was a roommate of Peter Wolf) before leaving for Europe with childhood friend and contemporary artist Jack Fisk. In 1966 he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).
While enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) he created the visual work, Industrial Symphonies… read more
These things that we create and then erase with our pencil backs. Ideas that inspired us but actually never went anywhere. Maybe they stuck. Perhaps I can take these unrelated visions and make them work. Stitch them together. Bam! This masterpiece is born, one that means nothing because it was born from nothing, but means something because "why not?". Think before you trash your next idea. Maybe it wasn't so useless.
Lynch excels in creating the discomfort while maintaining a kind of simplicity(no plot based mindfucks). I have seen it only once. I haven't understood much except for the repeated sexual references(not sure why they are used). But, it never lets you off the hook. I was continuously engaged. The imagery and the feel of the movie is still fresh. Loved it.
Arguably the strangest study of artistic and parental anxiety since Eraserhead.
Crazy film…It’s like performing a surgery on your brain, inserting some foreign tissues.. I never meant it in a negative sense. Pictures such as this turn your mind and imagination over. Excellent… read review
Lynch’s best indeed! It’s his most distilled film
- cutting straight to the heart of his beautiful filmmaking technique. This is not a feel good movie, but the ultimate filmic experience… read review