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3.5
413 Ratings

David Lynch: The Art Life

Denmark, United States, 2016
Documentary

Synopsis

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors.

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David Lynch: The Art Life Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes
Die-hard fans will be familiar with many of these stories, but there is something subtly different about hearing them in his own voice, and about the tone that he adopts here: the reflective tenor of a septuagenarian… Lynch speaks with an unusual openness about deep-seated fears and anxieties. Watching The Art Life, one is struck by the degree to which the Lynchian—linked as it is to the ever-present possibility of things falling apart—is a phobic sensibility.
September 29, 2017
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When we see a photograph of Lynch’s mother Edwina carrying a log, or hear him recalling how, as a young boy in Spokane, Washington, he witnessed a woman walking one evening down his suburban street, stark naked and with a bloodied mouth (“kinda like the strangest dream”), it is as if the imaginative landscapes of his future work were already being sown in the past.
July 11, 2017
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Evidence of that craft is on display throughout, as Lynch’s artwork—from paintings to sculptures to one of his earliest film shorts, “The Alphabet”—frequently fills the screen, its disturbing phantasmagoria providing an amusing juxtaposition to all the calm shots of Lynch dabbing at a canvas, recording his narration, half-glimpsed in the shadows of a sound booth or, most often, staring off contemplatively while smoking (always smoking).
March 29, 2017
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