David Lynch is one of our most important filmmakers. And he’s strange. And that’s part of what makes it so special.
There may not be a filmmaker who gets more reactions than telling someone, “It’s by David Lynch.” His name stands for “strange” and “unusual” storytelling that challenges viewers. Lynch is also fun, unique, exciting, and emotional. He is one of the most gifted visual storytellers of his generation with talents spanning films, television, and many other media.
But why is Lynch the way he is? And what can we learn from him?
Check out this video from Thomas flight, and let’s talk after the jump.
Ever since the public saw eraser, we talked about lynching. He’s a modern day explorer willing to delve deeper into human nature than many filmmakers. He’s a guy who loves dark corners of the soul as much as he loves to renew bright rooms. He’s a worker, someone who not only creates in movies and television, but also craft things like a cell phone holder and harvesting his own brand of coffee. He’s a genre breaker, someone who isn’t about tropes and moods, just where his characters are going and their own material reactions.
Lynch is first and foremost a writer. His work is so unique he is, so part of his voice and so distorted for the audience. When his name appears in the opening title, it changes our perception of what we see.
When talk about his early life, Lynch said, “As a child, I found the world totally and totally fantastic. Of course, I had the usual fears like going to school … for me school at the time was a crime against young people. It destroyed the seeds of freedom. The teachers did not encourage knowledge or a positive attitude. ”
This attitude and dichotomy between his perception of life and life as we know it has become what we describe as lynchic, a kind of magical realism that is macabre and banal at the same time.
What makes Lynch who he is? Is it his transcendental meditation, his artistic endeavors, or is it a combination of everything?
Of course we are not one thing, we are an association of everything. For Lynch, his view of the world is what I think defines him as an artist. That point of view is openness. While other filmmakers limit themselves to a genre or a way of life, Lynch wants to talk about every aspect of the human condition. He wants to do fun things, terrible things, exciting things. He wants to explore the whole range of everything. And there aren’t many filmmakers, and even fewer, who manage to make the leaps he makes. Few people have such creative courage.
Of Blue velvet to Mulholland Drive, Lynch looks at the American dream through a lens, unlike his contemporaries. There’s always something lurking outside your door. Whether it’s the banality of the suburbs punctuated by a severed ear, or the rich lifestyle of the Hollywood Hills where people can’t feel safe or happy, Lynch always takes us a little further. That makes us a little more uncomfortable. This doesn’t work for every audience, but it’s always worth mentioning and well worth dissecting.
What is your favorite thing about Lynch? Let us know in the comments.