Take a Ride through the Surreal Cinematic Worlds of David Lynch

David Lynch
Credit: Richard Dumas
Few filmmakers have enchanted viewers with one-of-a-kind cinematic worlds like David Lynch.

From the post apocalyptic surrealism of Eraserhead and the deceptive beauty of Blue Velvet to the nightmarish fever dreams of Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, there's little cinematic ground that the visionary director hasn't explored in some way or another. In a well-edited montage from IndieWire's Press Play, we get the pleasure of seeing Lynch's work (with the exception of Dune) in a unique context that codifies many of the themes that the director returned to time and time again.

So sit back, relax - maybe with a slice of cherry pie and a damn fine cup of coffee - and enjoy this tribute to one of the most delightfully enigmatic filmmakers the world has ever seen. Also, if you haven't managed to watch Twin Peaks yet, there's a major spoiler ahead.

What are your favorite David Lynch films and the specific moments from those films that stood out to you?     

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Something about the cinematography in Lynch's films kills it for me.

November 9, 2014 at 1:09PM


Blue Velvet has to be one of the most significant films for me in my movie-watching life. The film in general (two scenes, in particular), illustrates the cruel reality that no matter how bad something is, there's an element of this world that is completely oblivious and insensitive to it. The scenes I'm referring to are that of Kyle's father experiencing a heart attack, dropping the garden hose and the little dog biting at the water jetting from the lawn sprinkler and when Frank and his gang take Kyle for a 'joy ride'. The prostitute accompanying them dances on top of the car to Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" while they beat the crap out of him.

Dorothy is forced to watch her only friend, Kyle, take the pummeling of his life but, is completely helpless to stop it. Blue Velvet, like many films, is a study in the duplicity of life. The dark and the light existing side by side, just a half click from one another. But, it is Lynch's genius that saves Blue Velvet from the grim and dismal.

In 1988, I was fortunate enough to assist Guy Bourdin when he photographed Isabella Rossellini in Battery Park and at her apartment in New York. During a limo ride through the city, I told Ms. Rossellini how much I enjoyed Blue Velvet and seeing her in it. She fell silent and just stared out the window.

November 10, 2014 at 7:25AM, Edited November 10, 7:25AM

Richard Krall

Not sure why your comment was down voted as it is incredibly relevant to the post and thank you for taking the time to share your experiences of the film and your encounter with Isabella Rossellini.

On a separate note, your photography is stunning and very inspirational.

November 14, 2014 at 4:20AM


That F******g beast gets me every time.

November 11, 2014 at 5:11PM, Edited November 11, 5:11PM