David Lynch

David Lynch

The Man From Another Place

Book - 2015
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"Proposes several lenses through which to view Lynch and his work: through the age-old mysteries of the uncanny and the sublime, through the creative energies of surrealism and postmodernism, through ideas of America and theories of good and evil. Lynch himself often warns against overinterpretation. And accordingly, this is not a book that seeks to decode his art or annotate his life--to dispel the strangeness of the Lynchian--so much as one that offers complementary ways of seeing and understanding one of the most distinctive bodies of work in modern cinema"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: Boston : New Harvest / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544343757
Characteristics: 184 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: 791.4302 LIM


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Jul 07, 2018

For four decades, David Lynch has been making movies - and television programs, and music, and paintings - that have disturbed, intrigued, and frustrated audiences. Wisely, Dennis Lim does not tackle any of those mysteries head on, understanding that one of the points of Lynch's "problem" films, those which seem designed to inspire interpretive quests for the hermeneutical key which will unlock all secrets, is that there is no such key, no secret formula which will resolve all mysteries into systematic knowledge. Instead, recognizing that, as Lim describes it, Lynch's films are always personal but rarely biographical, Lim explores Lynch's work through his life and creative process. Like those films, the result is fascinating but also unsatisfying, although in this case the dissatisfaction is probably not deliberate.

Jul 05, 2017

A concise, perceptive, and readable overview of Lynch that engages in some of the academic discourse on the subject without getting pretentious.

Dec 29, 2015

Read " Lynch on Lynch " as this book culls a lot from that one. Also, the author makes quite a few mistakes.


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