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David Lynch

David Lynch

Justus Nieland
Copyright Date: 2012
Pages: 208
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    David Lynch
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    A key figure in the ongoing legacy of modern cinema, David Lynch designs environments for spectators, transporting them to inner worlds built by mood, texture, and uneasy artifice. We enter these famously cinematic interiors to be wrapped in plastic, the fundamental substance of Lynchs work. This volume revels in the weird dynamism of Lynchs plastic worlds. Exploring the range of modern design idioms that inform Lynchs films and signature mise-en-scene, Justus Nieland argues that plastic is at once a key architectural and interior design dynamic in Lynchs films, an uncertain way of feeling essential to Lynchs art, and the prime matter of Lynchs strange picture of the human organism._x000B__x000B_Nielands study offers striking new readings of Lynchs major works (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Mulholland Dr., Inland Empire) and his early experimental films, placing Lynchs experimentalism within the aesthetic traditions of modernism and the avant-garde; the genres of melodrama, film noir, and art cinema; architecture and design history; and contemporary debates about cinematic ontology in the wake of the digital. This inventive study argues that Lynchs plastic concept of life--supplemented by technology, media, and sensuous networks of an electric world--is more alive today than ever.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09405-7
    Subjects: Film Studies

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. ix-xii)
  4. Wrapped in Plastic
    (pp. 1-160)

    Wrapped in Plastic, as any fan of David Lynch will know, is the name of a long-running fanzine (1993–2005) devoted to the critical and cult phenomenon of Twin Peaks (1990–1992), one of the most innovative shows in the history of network television. The title refers to the state of Laura Palmer’s dead body as a found object, waiting to be revived in the quirky fantasies of the living. The corpse of this high school homecoming queen and incest victim, enshrouded in semitranslucent synthetic sheeting, washes up on the shore of a river in a small, Pacific Northwest logging...

  5. Interviews with David Lynch
    (pp. 161-170)
    Kathrin Spohr, David Lynch and Mike Figgis

    From form 158, no. 2 (1997): 44–45; interviewed by Kathrin Spohr in Santa Monica, California.

    Kathrin spohr: You’re internationally known as a film director, actor, and creator of the meanwhile legendary Twin Peaks TV series. But your passion lies not only with cinema and television. You’ve composed music with Angelo Badalamenti. You’re a writer. And a painter … Recently your pictures were on show in Paris. And now we find that you’ve been designing furniture for some time. What else can we expect to find you doing?

    David lynch: Don’t worry. I don’t want to appear like some all-round...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 171-176)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 177-184)
  8. Index
    (pp. 185-190)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 191-197)