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Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Eraserhead have turned David Lynch into an American cult figure. This lively book is a uniquely comprehensive account of the only director to have a smash hit TV series in the same year as winning the Golden Palm at Cannes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844570300
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/15/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 554,364
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Michel Chion is the author of many books on the cinema, among them Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey (BFI Publishing 2001) and a monograph on Eyes Wide Shut, published in the BFI Modern Classics series.

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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments
Chrono-Lynch (From Six Figures to Fire Walk with Me) 1
I A Film That Stays With You (Six Figures, The Alphabet, The Grandmother, Eraserhead) 3
1 The author and the work
2 Childhood and parents
3 An ideal world? First memories of the cinema
4 First studies in painting. An express trip to Europe
5 From painting to film painting. Six Figures
6 Philadelphia's mark
7 The Alphabet
8 The Grandmother. Description and analysis: birth and parents
9 The Grandmother (contd). Birth and death of the grandmother
10 Life as an electrical assembly. The film as a first essay in cinematography
11 Lynch and the AFI
12 Lynch's favourite films and their supposed influences. Bergman, Fellini
13 Favourite films (contd). Kubrick, Hitchcock, Wilder
14 From the project for Gardenback to Eraserhead. Preparations for a feature film
15 The story of Eraserhead
16 The film's crew, actors and collaborators
17 Shooting Eraserhead. Montage. Sound recording. Alan Splet
18 The first screenings. Last-minute cuts
19 Eraserhead becomes a cult film. Ben Barenholtz
20 The cinematographic style of Eraserhead: archaism
21 The sound concept of the film. Continuity and discontinuity
22 From The Grandmother to Eraserhead: an impossible death?
II Immobile Growth (The Elephant Man, Dune) 45
1 Lynch and Cornfeld. The Elephant Man project. Mel Brooks
2 The historical John Merrick. The film adaptation
3 Shooting and the crew. Photography. Sound design. Music
4 The script of The Elephant Man
5 Social difference in The Elephant Man
6 The actors
7 Ritual theatre. Popular film. A film of faces
8 The contribution of English actors. A film left to make itself
9 The director's image and legend
10 Propositions refused or without effect: Lucas, Coppola
11 Dune the novel and its originality: ecology, psychedelics and onomastics
12 Previous adaptation projects. Raffaella de Laurentiis
13 Lynch's adaptation: obstacles and bold strokes. The religious theme. The genetic theme. The role of women. An essay in non-linear narration. The role of words. The 'generalised inner voice'
14 Technical and creative collaboration in Dune
15 Casting Dune
16 Shooting and its problems
17 Music and sound design. The film's reception. Its faults and distinctive tone
18 The waking dream of an 'elected' being
19 A film-maker of the immobile
III Welcome to Lynchtown (Blue Velvet, The Cowboy and the Frenchman, Twin Peaks) 78
1 Lynchtown, a base camp for the imagination
2 Blue Velvet, an original script
3 The film's actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper
4 Photography and visual aims. Fred Elmes. Angelo Badalamenti. Sound design
5 The mysteries of the script. Are Sandy and Dorothy the same woman? Real and fantasised parents
6 The 'primal scene' of Blue Velvet. The depressed mother. 'Be alive. Do it for Van Gogh.'
7 Love letters from father to son
8 Lynch's classic. His expression of love. The forever scene. Daily life transformed
9 The Cowboy and the Frenchman
10 Mark Frost. The Twin Peaks phenomenon. Different authors and directors
11 Lynch and television
12 The concept of the series
13 Twin Peaks: the place. Who killed Laura Palmer?
14 The characters of the series: are they all mad? Three categories
15 An extraterrestrial being in Twin Peaks: Dale Cooper
16 A mad world. An epic universe. The theme of comfort. A pool in the heart of nature
17 The role of citations. A recreation of romanticism
18 Tears in Lynch
19 Music as a unifying element. The vertical axis. The register of murmuring
20 The dead woman spoken about and the living woman who is forgotten.
IV Cine-Symphonies for Her (Wild at Heart, Industrial Symphony No. 1, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me) 114
1 Lynch's 'artistic method'. The power of ideas. The author as filter
2 In search of 'cine-symphonic' cinema. The project for Wild at Heart
3 Barry Gifford's novel
4 Lynch's adaptation. The principle of contrast
5 Casting the film. Couples
6 Different versions. An aura of violence. Visual style and sound design. Power and murmurs. Music
7 The 'verbal rape' scence. Violene and innocence. Dream parents
8 A film of childhood. Marietta. Cut-ins and gusts. A fragile ballad in the night
9 Industrial Symphony No. 1. The Dream of the Broken Hearted. Julee Cruise
10 The project for Fire Walk with Me. Laura's past
11 The film's script
12 Twin Peaks in reverse. The theme of food
13 Casting the film. Sound design. Music. Photography
14 The film's reception. Where did the fire go? Putting one foot in front of the other. Surfaces and looming
15 Return to The Grandmother. The unmythified woman. All-women-in-one. The interval between parallel worlds. Heaven or hell
16 The romantic film-maker of our times
Lynch-Kit (From Alphabet to Word) 151
Alphabet (alphabet)
Body (corps)
Chair (siege)
Close (pres)
Cord (corde) and Scissors (ciseaux)
Curtain (rideau)
Dark (noir)
Dog (chien)
Dream (reve)
Ear (oreille)
Eclipse (eclipse)
End (bout)
Erasure (effacement)
Fence (cloture)
Floating (flotter)
Flow (flux)
For ever (eternel)
Garden (jardin)
Group (groupe)
Growing (grandir)
Hut (cabane)
Insect (insecte)
Inside (dedans)
Kit (kit)
Link (lien)
Log (buche)
Lying (couche)
Night (nuit)
Open mouth (ouverte [bouche])
Pool (flaque)
Power (puissance)
Reaction (reaction)
Scale (echelle)
Setting (cadre)
Smoke (fumee)
Speech (parole)
Stage (scene)
Standing (debout)
Surface (surface)
Texture (texture)
Void (vide)
Whole (tout)
Wind (vent)
Word (mot)
Bridge-Man (On the Air, Hotel Room, Lost Highway, The Straight Story, Mulholland Dr.) 189
I Filmography 225
II Annotated Bibliography 237
Index 240
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