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a dfw compendium (in films)

by kyeo
a dfw compendium (in films) by kyeo
list soundtrack by the decemberist indian wells I – MOVIES LINKABLE TO HIS OPERA / PERSONAL BRAINSTORMING (strictly personal selection of movies I relate to dfw universe, prompted by any kind of thing: a feeling or anything close to that, a light, a sound, a word, a peculiar cinematography, context or characters depiction (according to how, being a director, I would put wallace world of fiction on film)… including a complete and blameful sense of ridiculous lack) - RUSHMORE (wes anderson, usa, 1998) - THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (wes anderson, usa, 2001) you know, weird families… prodigiously talented & gifted children - BLOW UP (michelangelo… Read more

list soundtrack by
the decemberist
indian wells

I – MOVIES LINKABLE TO HIS OPERA / PERSONAL BRAINSTORMING
(strictly personal selection of movies I relate to dfw universe, prompted by any kind of thing: a feeling or anything close to that, a light, a sound, a word, a peculiar cinematography, context or characters depiction (according to how, being a director, I would put wallace world of fiction on film)… including a complete and blameful sense of ridiculous lack)

- RUSHMORE (wes anderson, usa, 1998)
- THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (wes anderson, usa, 2001)
you know, weird families… prodigiously talented & gifted children

- BLOW UP (michelangelo antonioni, italy, 1966)
mental tennis

- HAMLET (kenneth branagh, united kingdom, 1996)
the novel’s title (INFINITE JEST) is from Hamlet, Act V, Scene 1. Hamlet holds the skull of the court jester, Yorick, and says “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!”;
“Poor Yorick Entertainment” is the name of the fictional independent film company started by James O. Incandenza
(wikipedia)

- A SERIOUS MAN (coens, usa, 2009)

- VIDEODROME (david cronenberg, usa, 1983)
you are my center / when I spin away / out of control / on videotape

- AMERICAN PSYCHO (mary harron, usa, 2000)
- THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (roger avary, usa, 2002)
tweetin’ around

- BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (spike jonze, usa, 1999)

- BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN (john krasinsky, usa, 2009)

- AMERICAN BEAUTY (sam mendes, usa, 1999)

- WE CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (nicholas ray, usa, 1973)
well, yes… this is weird but can’t help it: ever since reading IJ, I’ve been figuring out James O. Incandenza as a stork legged, boozed up nick ray, working on his avant-garde way to cinema sorrounded by a bunch of young people, just like real Ray in this movie.

- THE SIMPSON MOVIE (david silverman, usa, 2007)

“I think The Simpsons is important art. On the other hand, it’s also—in my opinion—relentlessly corrosive to the soul, and everything is parodied, and everything’s ridiculous. Maybe I’m old, but for my part I can be steeped in about an hour of it, and I sort of have to walk away and look at a flower or something”


ehm… not the only reason

- LIFE DURING WARTIME (todd solondz, usa, 2009)

- DRUGSTORE COWBOY (gus van sant, usa, 1989)
- MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (gus van sant, usa, 1991)
- ELEPHANT (gus van sant, usa, 2003)
dave&gus

II – THELYNCHAINAFFAIR (movies Wallace wrote about/analysed in his ’96 essay “david lynch keeps his head”)

- ERASERHEAD (david lynch, usa, 1976)
- THE ELEPHANT MAN (david lynch, usa, 1980)
- DUNE (david lynch, usa, 1984)
- BLUE VELVET (david lynch, usa, 1986)
- TWIN PEAKS (david lynch, usa, 1990, tv)
- TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME (david lynch, usa, 1992)
- WILD AT HEART (david lynch, usa, 1990)
- LOST HIGHWAY (david lynch, usa, 1997)

- BLOOD SIMPLE (coens, usa, 1984)
- THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (coens, usa, 1994)

- LA SENTINELLE (arnaud desplechin, france, 1992)

- ONE FALSE MOVE (karl franklin, usa, 1992)

- BRAZIL (terry gilliam, usa, 1985)
- THE FISHER KING (terry gilliam, 1991)

- SAFE (todd haynes, usa, 1995)

- STRANGER THAN PARADISE (jim jarmusch, usa, 1984)

- NAKED (mike leigh, united kingdom, 1993)

- THE FUGITIVE KIND (sidney lumet, usa, 1960)

- RESERVOIR DOGS (quentin tarantino, usa, 1992)
- PULP FICTION (quentin tarantino, usa, 1994)

- DRUGSTORE COWBOY (gus van sant, usa, 1989)
- MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (gus van sant, usa, 1991)


“Quentin Tarantino is interested in watching somebody’s ear getting cut off; David Lynch is interested in the ear.”


The photo of Fritz Lang directing Metropolis, mentioned on p. 951. Also appeared on the copy of The Cinema Book that Wallace owned, and was one of the photographs Wallace considered using on the cover of Infinite Jest (wiki)

KYEO’S ESSENTIAL DFW READINGS

novels:
“The Broom Of The System” (1986)
“Infinite Jest” (1996)

short fiction:
“The Planet Trillaphon As It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing” (1984)
“Solomon Silverfish” (1987)
“Little Expressionless Animals” (1988)
“Mister Squishy” (2000)
“Good Old Neon” (2001)
“Order and Flux in Northampton” (2001)
“This is water” (2005 speech transcription)

essays:
“Getting Away from Already Being Pretty Much Away from It All”(1994)
“Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” (1996)
“Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley” (1991)
“David Lynch Keeps His Head” (1996)
“Up, Simba” (2001)


David Foster Wallace in a portrait by italian writer Tommaso Pincio

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