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David Lynch

David Lynch

David Lynch
20 January 1946

Not Weird At All

I concur with the, which wrote that David Lynch is the most important film-maker of this era. The man who has been accused of being weird just for weird's sake is anything but that. However, in a world in which generic stardom is normal (which is the antonym for weird) and in a world in which movies are being mass-produced based on a few cookie-cutter designs, perhaps David Lynch is weird after all.

What Kind of Artist is Mr. Lynch?

He is first and foremost a film director, but has always been interested in art at large. He has presented stage designs and art installations, written lyrics for several songs, composed small pieces of music for some of his movies, he plays guitar, sings, and he even designed his own website
To simply say that David Lynch is an artist seems like a pretty safe bet.

David Lynch's Choices

We all have our preferences and/or favorites, and so does David Lynch.

His movies are filled with symbolism, often presented within dream-like environments, and there is always a strong sense of artistic composition.

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch & Isabella Rossellini

Angelo Badalamenti has several times composed music for David Lynch's movies. Mary Sweeney, who also happens to be one of his former wifes, is very often his film editor. Johanna Ray is his regular casting director.
Some of the actors and actresses he worked with repeatedly include Jack Nance, Kyle MacLachlan, Harry Dean Stanton, Naomi Watts, Isabella Rossellini and Grace Zabriskie.

Favorite Movies & Film-Makers

Aside from the movies ("Sunset Boulevard", "It's a Gift") and directors (Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock) David Lynch mentioned in the video to the left, he has also named Oskar Kokoschka (Austrian painter) as inspiration and likes Franz Kafka (Austrian/Bohemian writer) and Francis Bacon (Irish painter).

There is/was a mutual respect between David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) as they have both named each other as influences. Kubrick's movie "The Shining" (1980) was inspired by David Lynch's "Eraserhead" (1976).

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The Man has Opinions!

David Lynch on Product Placement

David Lynch on Product Placement

David Lynch on iPhone

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David Lynch and Spirituality

David Lynch is a passionate practioner of Transcendental Meditation, which has been part of his daily routine for over 32 years. Transcendental Meditation is a form of mantra meditation introduced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in India. It is practised for about 15-20 minutes, twice per day. David Lynch believes meditation to be a positive step towards world piece, in fact he believes it so strongly that he founded the "David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace" in 2005, a charitable foundation based in Iowa, USA. Some of the foundation's benefactors include prominent figures like Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Jerry Seinfeld.

In an interview with ABC News David Lynch said "It's not a religion. It's not against any religion, it's not mumbo-jumbo. It truly does transform life."

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Famous Works of David Lynch

David Lynch is best known as a film director, so below is the list of his most famous movies. The TV series "Twin Peaks" should be noted an an exception. It was a unique and memorable experience, and is therefore mentioned here as well, despite Mr. Lynch's general dislike for television.

  • Eraserhead (1976)
  • The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Dune (1984)
  • Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Wild at Heart (1990)
  • Twin Peaks (1990-91)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
  • Lost Highway (1997)
  • The Straight Story (1999)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • Inland Empire (2006)

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The Interview Project

The Interview Project is a documentary series presented by David Lynch and directed by Austin Lynch and Jason S.

Watch all the episodes directly on David Lynch's website: The Interview Project

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Written & prepared by Sabina Nore

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