David Lynch: Beautiful Darkby Greg Olson
Pub. Date: 09/29/2008
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
For nearly 40 years, David Lynch's works have enthralled, mystified, and provoked viewers. Lynch's films delve into the subjective consciousness of his characters to reveal both the depraved darkness and luminous spirituality of human nature. From his experimental shorts of the 1960s to feature films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and INLAND EMPIRE, Lynch has pushed the boundaries of cinematic storytelling.
In David Lynch: Beautiful Dark, author Greg Olson explores the surreal intricacies of the director's unique visual and visceral style not only in his full-length films but also his early forays into painting and short films, as well as his television landmark, Twin Peaks. This in-depth exploration is the first full-length work to analyze the intimate symbiosis between Lynch's life experience and artistic expressions: from the small-town child to the teenage painter to the 60-year-old Internet and digital media experimenter.
To fully delineate the director's life and art, Olson received unprecedented participation from Lynch, his parents, siblings, old school friends, romantic partners, children, and decades of professional colleagues, as well as on-set access to the director during the production of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Throughout this study, Olson provides thorough analyses of the filmmaker's works as Lynch conceived, crafted, and completed them. Consequently, David Lynch: Beautiful Dark is the definitive study of one of the most influential and idiosyncratic directors of the last four decades.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments and Photograph Credits v
Chapter 1 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, 1946-1970 (The Alphabet, The Grandmother) 1
Chapter 2 Factory Child, 1970-1976 (Eraserhead) 53
Chapter 3 Burden of Flesh, 1976-1980 (The Elephant Man) 99
Chapter 4 Golden Sands, Heavy Heart, 1980-1984 (Dune) 143
Chapter 5 Night Town, 1984-1986 (Blue Velvet) 203
Chapter 6 Buzz Saw, 1986-1990 (Twin Peaks, Season I) 249
Chapter 7 Burning Love, 1990 (Wild at Heart) 303
Chapter 8 Our Schoolgirl of the Sorrows, 1990-1992 (Twin Peaks, Season 2 and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me) 341
Chapter 9 Head Like a House on Fire, 1992-1997 (Lost Highway) 395
Chapter 10 An Autumn Afternoon, 1997-2000 (The Straight Story) 457
Chapter 11 Road to Dreamsville, 2000-2001 (Mulholland Drive) 515
Chapter 12 Man of the World, 2001-2007 (DavidLynch.com, INLAND EMPIRE) 585
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