A half-hour experimental film from early in director David Lynch’s career, The Grandmother anticipates his later Eraserhead in its depiction of family life as a surrealistic nightmare. The film begins with the appearance of the mother and father, who sprout from the ground-like strange plants and speak only in dog-like animal sounds. They are soon joined by another sprout, a pale, silent young boy dressed in a tuxedo. The scene moves to the family home, where the gruff, boorish parents intimidate and abuse the boy, cruelly punishing him for his chronic bed-wetting. Eventually, the boy escapes to an upstairs room where he dumps dirt on a bed and plants a large seed. This seed grows into a monstrous plant, which gives birth to an older woman, the grandmother. She and the boy form a loving bond, protecting him from the harshness of his parents. However, when the grandmother falls ill, the boy’s world threatens to collapse. Lynch mingles live-action footage with animated interludes and replaces traditional dialogue with an unsettling soundtrack. The film is less concerned with narrative than with using its horrific and sometimes beautiful imagery to evoke the intense emotions of a tormented child. —IMDb
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
a creepy, enjoyable experimental film. you really have to fill in the blanks but its beautiful