David Lynch is an enigmatic filmmaker. His brand of cinema can be described as surrealist americana, dreamy nightmares, or when all other words fail (and they often do when it comes to him), "Lynchian." He's certainly a larger than life character, full of just as much mystery and intrigue as his films, which makes you wonder what he's like in "real life." What does David Lynch like to eat? What music does he like? What kinds of films does the master of mundane macabre movies like to watch? Well in the video below, Fandor explores five of the films Lynch loves, as well as why he loves them.
Here are the films listed in the video:
- 8 1/2, dir. Federico Fellini (1963)
- Sunset Boulevard, dir. Billy WIlder (1950)
- Rear Window, dir. Alfred Hitchcock (1954)
- Mr. Hulot's Holiday, dir. Jacques Tati (1953)
- Lolita, dir. Stanley Kubrick (1962)
David Lynch has one of the more interesting filmographies in the film industry, especially considering his wide cult following and icon status. In the 80s and 90s, he cemented himself as a must-see director with Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive. After the release of Inland Empire in 2006, however, the director has spent the last decade churning out short films and rock docs (which is really a return to form for him), until finally he graced us with the highly anticipated return of one of his most notable cinematic contributions, Twin Peaks.
Perhaps the reason why Lynch's body of work is such a hodgepodge of form is because of his curiosity of how one can use cinema in new ways to communicate, a theme that was very apparent in the video. He comments on Fellini's ability to communicate with the moving image, Wilder's ability to make audience's believe in his cinematic dreams, and Hitchcock's ability to completely control every aspect of filmmaking.
Considering what we know about Lynch's cinematic tastes, what are some other films that would pique his (and our) interest? Let us know down in the comments.