The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood

Filmmaker David Lynch asserts that when he is directing, ninety percent of the time he doesn t know what he is doing To understand Lynch s films, Martha Nochimson believes, requires a similar method of being open to the subconscious, of resisting the logical reductiveness of language In this innovative book, she draws on these strategies to offer close readings of Lynch Filmmaker David Lynch asserts that when he is directing, ninety percent of the time he doesn t know what he is doing To understand Lynch s films, Martha Nochimson believes, requires a similar method of being open to the subconscious, of resisting the logical reductiveness of language In this innovative book, she draws on these strategies to offer close readings of Lynch s films, informed by unprecedented, in depth interviews with Lynch himself.Nochimson begins with a look at Lynch s visual influences Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, and Edward Hopper and his links to Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, then moves into the heart of her study, in depth analyses of Lynch s films and television productions These include Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Dune, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead, The Grandmother, The Alphabet, and Lynch s most recent, Lost Highway.Nochimson s interpretations explode previous misconceptions of Lynch as a deviant filmmaker and misogynist Instead, she shows how he subverts traditional Hollywood gender roles to offer an optimistic view that love and human connection are really possible.
The Passion of David Lynch Wild at Heart in Hollywood Filmmaker David Lynch asserts that when he is directing ninety percent of the time he doesn t know what he is doing To understand Lynch s films Martha Nochimson believes requires a similar method o

  • Title: The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood
  • Author: Martha P. Nochimson
  • ISBN: 9780292755659
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Nochimson was one of the first writers to compile an entire book about David Lynch. Sometimes this book is utterly illuminating and other times it is just dense postmodernist film theory.It does benefit from the author's many hours of talks with Lynch himself and this helpsRecently, I watched the Twin Peaks Series on DVD, which I had not seen since it was aired on TV. I own this book so I grabbed it off my shelf for some reference material. It did help me understand why the series went so wrong [...]

    2. Read this during the height of a period (one of many to date) of obsessive love and admiration for Mr. Eagle Scout (Lynch). I thought it was great all around. I remember a particularly interesting and edifying feminist defense of Lynch's work overall (as he and his films have been the subject of less-than-kind feminist critique). And I'll give a shout out to the best writing I've ever read about David Lynch which is David Foster Wallace's "David Lynch Keeps His Head" from A Supposedly Fun Thing [...]

    3. I have to say, upon beginning this book, it seemed dense and grossly academic. And certainly is suffers from the 90's-era postmodernist malady. But upon actually getting into the body of the work, I realized that Nochimson may be onto something here, and that despite her at times ham-fisted writing style (that style so endemic of academia), she may have actually nailed it. At least to the degree that one can pin down a creative force so enigmatic as Lynch. Would like to know her take on Lost Hig [...]

    4. This can be a bit hard-going and isn't aimed at the general reader - it's based on some film theory stuff and psychoanalysis. I seem to remember Laura Mulvey's work on "the gaze" featuring quite heavily. I disagreed with a lot of the analyses, but found them interesting anyway.

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