David Lynch

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David Lynch in 2001

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946 in Missoula, Montana) is an American filmmaker.



Early days

Lynch grew up the archetypal all-American boy: The son of a U.S. Department of Agriculture research scientist, he was raised throughout the Pacific Northwest, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout and even serving as an usher at John F. Kennedy's Presidential inauguration. Originally intending to become a painter, Lynch enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., in 1963, falling under the sway of expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka and briefly studying in Europe. By the early weeks of 1966, he had relocated to Philadelphia, where he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he began working with film. During this period he produced four short films with grants from the American Film Institute.

Philadelphia and the Short Films

The violence and decay which greeted Lynch in Philadelphia proved to have a profound and long-lasting effect, as his work became increasingly obsessed with exploring the dark corners of the human experience. From his first experimental student film (1967's "moving painting" Six Men Getting Sick, which its creator described as "57 seconds of growth and fire, and three seconds of vomit") onward, his vision grew more and more fascinated with the seedy underbelly of everyday life. Awarded an American Film Institute Grant, The Alphabet, a partially animated 16 mm color film, followed later in the year, but Lynch soon turned away from the cinema to renew his focus on fine art. His next short film, The Grandmother, did not appear until 1970. After several exhibitions at local galleries, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies. He began working on his first feature, Eraserhead.


He has referred to Eraserhead as "my Philadelphia story", meaning it reflects all of the dangerous and fearful elements he encountered while studying and living in Philadelphia. [1] (http://www.davidlynch.de/tiplynchtrans.html) He said "this feeling left its traces deep down inside me. And when it came out again, it became Eraserhead". A surreal nightmare borne of the director's own fears and anxieties of fatherhood, the film took over five years to complete, finally premiering in March of 1977. The final film was initially judged to be almost unreleasably weird, but thanks to the efforts of distributor Ben Barenholtz; it became an instant cult classic. It was also a tremendous critical success, launching Lynch to the forefront of avant-garde filmmaking. Financed with the aid of boyhood friend Jack Fisk, a noted production designer as well as the husband of actress Sissy Spacek, Eraserhead not only established Lynch's singular worldview but also cemented the team of actors and technicians who would continue to define the texture of his work for years to come, including cinematographer Frederick Elmes, sound designer Alan Splet, and actor Jack Nance.

Characteristics of his work

His films tend to feature small-town America (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) or the sprawling vastness of Los Angeles (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive) and the dark underbelly that exists in each. Sound in his films is as important as the image, with each soundtrack being worked on with painstaking care. He has managed to establish himself as one of the few modern directors whose visual and verbal style is instantly recognisable. Despite his almost exclusive focus on America, Lynch, like Woody Allen, has found a large audience in France with films like Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway and Fire Walk With Me finding funding from French production companies.

Awards and honors

He has twice won France's Csar Award for Best Foreign Film and served as President of the jury at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where he had won the Palme d'Or in 1990. He was also honored in 2002 by the French government with the Legion of Honor.

Other interests

Lynch has cited the Austrian expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka as an inspiration for his works. He continues to present art installations and stage designs. In his spare time, he also designs and builds furniture. Lynch was also responsible for the comic strip The Angriest Dog in the World. Lynch also practices Trancendental Meditation, and advocates its use in bringing peace to the world. Lynch also designed davidlynch.com, a site exclusive to paying members, where he posts short films, interviews, and other items.

Personal life

Lynch is the father of director Jennifer Lynch.

Lynch was romantically involved with Blue Velvet star Isabella Rossellini.

Despite his professional accomplishments, Lynch once characterised himself simply as, "Eagle Scout, Missoula, Montana".[2] (http://www.thecityofabsurdity.com/inticon.html)


As director

As an Actor


See also


External links

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