Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Unified Field by David Lynch

David Lynch. The Unified Field. Oakland, Ca.: University of California Press, 2014.

David Lynch studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. While he concentrated on painting, on his own he tried filmmaking. Neither film nor animation were taught at this school. Still, in 1967, he made a six minute animated film “Six Men Getting Sick”.

Lynch chose film over painting He next made a four minute animation and live action film “The Alphabet” in 1968 followed in 1970  by a 34 minute animation and live action film “The Grandmother”. These films helped him become a fellow at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies. He then created a move “Eraserhead” from 1972 to 1976. This led him to directing successful internationally known films such as “Elephant Man”, “Blue Velvet”, “Wild at Heart”, “Mulholland Drive” and to also create the TV series “Twin Peaks” in 1990-1991.

Robert Cozzolino states “Lynch is an artist who happens to make film as part of his expression”.

The social turmoils Lynch saw while living in Philadelphia helped inspire him. He also found great inspiraitons from his fellow art students.

Some themes that often appear in Lynch’s films are home, childhood, and nostalgia. His films are often voilent, to which he explains home “is a place where things go wrong.” Lynch notes his own childhood was happy. He also notes his paintings are “violent comedies”.

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