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David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, painter, actor, and photographer.
He is best known for his films Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001), both of which have been praised by critics as among the best films of their respective decades, and Pauline Kael's highly regarded 1990–91 television series Twin Peaks, which culminated in him being dubbed "the first popular Surrealist."
He has been nominated for three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, as well as the Palme d'Or Award at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. He has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the César Award for Best Foreign Film twice.
Lynch, who grew up in Missoula, Montana, spent his childhood in the United States before he studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he first made the switch to short films, according to The Guardian.
He moved to Los Angeles, where he made his first motion picture, Eraserhead (1977), and the surrealist horror film Eraserhead (1978).
Lynch was hired to direct The Elephant Man (1980), which was his first film success after Eraserhead's success on the midnight film circuit.
Early lifeDavid Keith Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. 1 His father, Donald Walton Lynch (1915–2007), and his mother, Edwina "Sunny" Lynch (née Sundberg; 1919–2004), was an English language tutor. Both of Lynch's maternal great-grandparents were Finnish-Swedish immigrants who immigrated to the United States in the 19th century. He was raised as a Presbyterian. According to where the USDA had placed Donald, the Lynches would often switch around. Lynch and his family arrived in Sandpoint, Idaho, two months after his brother John was born, and the family moved to Spokane, Washington, Washington, two years later. Martha Lynch's sister Martha was born in Lynch, Missouri. The family then moved to Durham, North Carolina, Boise, Idaho, and Alexandria, Virginia. 1 Lynch embraced this transitory early life with a calm attitude, noting that he had no problem making new friends when he first started attending a new school.
: 2–3 Of his early life, he remarked:Lynch joined the Boy Scouts alongside his education, but later said he "became [a Scout] so I could quit and put it behind me." He climbed to the top of Eagle Scout rank. He attended President John F. Kennedy's inauguration, which took place outside the White House, as an Eagle Scout. Lynch's 15th birthday. 5 Lynch was also interested in painting and drawing from an early age and became intrigued by the prospect of making it as a career choice when living in Virginia, where his friend's father was a licensed painter.
: 8–9Lynch did not excel academically, showing no enthusiasm for schoolwork, but other students were interested in him, and after leaving, he decided to study painting at college. He began his studies at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington, D.C., before moving to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, where he was roommates with musician Peter Wolf in 1964. "I was not inspired AT ALL in that place," he said after just a year. He instead decided that he wanted to travel around Europe for three years with his colleague Jack Fisk, who was dissatisfied with his Cooper Union studies. They had hoped to study in Europe with Austrian expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka at his academy. On reaching Salzburg, however, they discovered that Kokoschka was not available; disillusioned, they returned to the United States after only two weeks in Europe.
Lynch has had a long-term friendship. Jennifer Lynch, a film director, married Peggy Reavey in January 1968, with whom he had one child. In 1974, the couple filed for divorce. Lynch married Mary Fisk in June 1977, and the couple had one child, Austin Jack Lynch, who was born in 1982. In 1987, the two couples separated. Lynch later developed a relationship with Mary Sweeney, with whom he had one son, Riley Sweeney Lynch, who was born in 1992. Sweeney wrote and produced The Straight Story, Lynch's long-serving film editor/producer who co-wrote and produced Lynch's long-time film editor/producer. In May 2006, the two married in May, but they filed for divorce in June. Lynch married actress Emily Stofle, who appeared in his 2006 film Inland Empire and the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. Lula Boginia Lynch, the couple's only child, was born in 2012.
Lynch has said he is "not a politician" and that he knows little about politics. 103 In the 1990s, he expressed admiration for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who wrote, "I mostly liked that he had a wind of old Hollywood, not a cowboy." "I thought of myself as a libertarian," Describing his political philosophy in 2006. I was led to believe in a zero government. Except for traffic lights and things like this, I still lean toward no government and not so many regulations. "I have a problem with traffic laws." Lynch continued to state that he now is a Democrat. Well, I've always been a Democrat. However, I don't like the Democrats much because I'm a smoker, and I believe a majority of the Democrats have come up with these laws for non-smoking." In the 2000 presidential race, he endorsed the center-left National Law Party and later announced that he would vote for Democratic incumbent Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
Lynch signed a petition in favor of director Roman Polanski after Polanski's deposition on 1977 sexual harassment charges. When traveling to a film festival, Polanski was arrested. The petition said that the detention would jeopardize film festivals as a venue for works to be seen "freely and safely," and that detaining filmmakers traveling to unknown countries could result in "what no one knows the consequences."
Bernie Sanders, who he described as "for the people," he endorsed him in the 2016 United States presidential race. In the 2016 Democratic Primary and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in the general election, he voted for Sanders and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. In a June 2018 interview with The Guardian, Donald Trump said he may have been "one of the best presidents in history" because he has disrupted the [country] so much. No one is going to beat this guy in a constructive way." "Our so-called leaders can't take the country forward, can't get anything done," he said. They are like children. "All this has been shown by Trump." Lynch said that "while Trump isn't doing a good job by himself, he is opening up a space where other strangers might enter." "David Lynch may go down as one of the greatest presidents in history" at a rally later this month. Lynch later explained on Facebook that the quote was taken out of context, noting that Trump will "not have a chance to go down in history as a great president" if he went on the path of "causing pain and division," and that he would "treat all the people as you want to be treated."
Lynch expressed support for Black Lives Matter demonstrations in one of his daily weather news broadcast videos. Lynch condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically, advising him that Putin will sown what he had sown, lifetime after lifetime.
Lynch promotes Transcendental Meditation as a spiritual art. In July 1973, he was introduced to Transcendental Meditation, and he has been practicing the technique faithfully since then. Lynch claims he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the entrepreneur of the TM movement, for the first time in 1975 at the Spiritual Regeneration Movement center in Los Angeles, California. During a month-long "Millionaire's Enlightenment Course" held in 2003, he reportedly came close to the Maharishi, the cost for which was $1 million.
Lynch's David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace was established in July 2005 to assist students in middle and high schools interested in learning Transcendental Meditation and to support study on the process and its effects on learning. Lynch, along with John Hagelin and Fred Travis, a brain researcher from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), shared his vision on college campuses during a tour that began in September 2005. Lynch has served on MUM's board of trustees and has held "David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation" annually since 2005.
Lynch was working on the construction and construction of seven buildings in which 8,000 salaried people would practice advanced meditation techniques, "pumping peace for the world." According to him, the bill will be worth US$7 billion. He had invested $400,000 of his money and raised $1 million in donations as of December 2005. In December 2006, the New York Times announced that he kept that goal. Transcendental Meditation's effect on Lynch's book Catching the Big Fish (Tarcher/Penguin 2006) discusses the calming of Transcendental Meditation's effect on his creative process. Lynch attended the Maharishi's funeral in India in 2008. "In life, he transformed the lives of millions of people," he told a reporter. ... Millions of people will know and comprehend what the Maharishi have done in 20, 50, 500 years." Lynch went to India in 2009 to film interviews with people who knew the Maharishi as part of a biographical documentary.
Lynch's David Lynch Foundation's benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in 2009 was held at the David Lynch Foundation. The "Change Begins Within" concert on April 4, 2009 featured Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. David Wants to Fly, a German filmmaker David Sieveking documentary "that follows David Lynch's professional life into Transcendental Meditation (TM)"" " Sieveking becomes disillusioned with Lynch at the end of the film.
Beyond the Noise: My Transcendental Meditation Journey, directed by film student Dana Farley, was shown at film festivals in 2011, including the Marbella Film Festival. Kevin Sean Michaels, a film maker, is one of the creators. "Transcendental Meditation leads to a beautiful, peaceful revolution," Lynch wrote in 2013. A change from suffering and fear to joy and a life that is more and more free of any issues."
"Here's an experience that uses the full brain," Lynch said of TM in a 2019 interview of Lynch by British artist Alexander de Cadenet. It's for that reason. It's for illumination, for higher states of consciousness, and it's culminating in the most state of unity consciousness." Lynch unveiled a $500 million transcendental meditation world peace initiative in April 2022 to fund transcendental meditation for 30,000 college students.
Lynch designed his personal website, which is exclusive to paying members, where he broadcasts short videos and his absurdist film Dumbland, as well as other subjects. Lynch gives a brief description of the weather in Los Angeles, where he lives. He continues to broadcast this weather forecast (usually no longer than 30 seconds) on his personal YouTube channel, DAVID LYNCH THEATER, where he draws a random number, usually between one and ten out of a bingo cage, out of a bingo cage. Lynch also produced "Rabbits," a short film that was not available on his website. A common sound bite on The Howard Stern Show ("I like to kill deer") from the website was a bizarre ringtone.
Lynch is a coffee drinker who sells his own line of organic blends, available on his website and at Whole Foods. The coffee, which has been dubbed the "David Lynch Signature Cup," has been promoted on flyers included with several recent Lynch-related DVD releases, including Inland Empire and the Gold Box Edition of Twin Peaks. "It's all about the beans... and I'm just full of beans," the brand's tagline states. This is also a line from Justin Theroux's character in Inland Empire.
CareerLynch returned to Virginia, but his parents had moved to Walnut Creek, California, where he stayed with his friend Toby Keeler for a while. After Fisk's recommendation, he decided to move to Philadelphia and enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, who was already enrolled there. "There were wonderful and serious painters in Philadelphia, and everybody was inspiring one another, and it was a beautiful time there," he said. "36-37" was the start of his acquaintance with Peggy Reavey, a fellow student who died in 1967. Jennifer was Peggy's first child in the upcoming year. "[Lynch] was definitely a reticent father," Peggy later said, but a very loving one." Hey, I was pregnant when we first got married. We were both suspicious. 31 As a family, they relocated to Fairmount, Pennsylvania, where they purchased a 12-room house for $3,500, despite the area's high crime and poverty rates.
Lynch later said:In the meantime, he worked in printing engravings to help his family. 43 Lynch made his first short film, Six Men Getting Sick, at the Pennsylvania Academy (1967). He first came up with the idea when he had a hankering to see his paintings move, and he began talking about animating with artist Bruce Samuelson. Lynch, who never heard of the project, decided to shoot on a film alone and bought the cheapest 16mm camera he could find. He spent $150, which at the time seemed to be a lot of money, to produce Six Men Get Sick. 37–38 Lynch played the film "57 seconds of development and fire, as well as three seconds of vomit," Lynch said on a loop at the academy's annual end-of-year exhibit, where it shared first prize with a painting by Noel Mahaffey. 38-09-2008 This culminated in a commission from one of his classmates, the wealthy H. Barton Wasserman, who paid him $1,000 to create a film display in his house. Lynch produced a new animated short, but after getting the film produced, the result was a blurred, frameless print. "So I called up [Wasserman] and said, 'Bart, the movie is a mess," he later said. The camera was damaged, but what I've done hasn't turned out.' And he said, 'Don't be concerned, David, take the remainder of the money and make something else for me.' Print it out for me.' That's the end of the story.
": 39Lynch experimented with animation and live action, resulting in the four-minute short The Alphabet (1968). Peggy, Lynch's wife, was portrayed in the film as The Girl, who chants the alphabet to a series of pictures of horses before dying at the end by hemorrhaging blood all over her bed sheets. Lynch created a distorted sound that Lynch found particularly effective in capturing Jennifer's crying using a broken Uher tape recorder. "Peggy's niece had a bad dream one night and was predicting the alphabet in her sleep in a terrifying way," Lynch said later, later describing what had inspired him. So that's kind of what started The Alphabet. The bulk of it was just subconscious.
": 15–16 : 39–40Lynch, who gave filmmakers who could support their application with prior work and a script for a new project, decided to give them a copy of The Alphabet along with a script he had written for a new short film that would almost entirely live action. 42 The university agreed to assist him with the financing of his studies, initially giving him $5,000 out of his requested budget of $7,200 but later granting him the additional $2,200. He knew from both work and college, as well as filming in his own house: 44–47 The Grandmother had a neglected boy who "grows" a grandmother from a seed to care for him. "This film is a true oddity," film critic Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell wrote, "but it has many of the themes and concepts that will influence his later work, and it has a remarkable grasp of the medium."
: 18Lynch and his daughter returned to Los Angeles in 1971, where he started studying filmmaking at the AFI Conservatory, which later became "completely chaotic and disorganized." They wanted to encourage people to do their thing. "I"m 57-58. He started writing a script for a new piece, Gardenback, that had "unfolded from this painting I'd done." He was encouraged by a number of figures at the Conservatory who encouraged him to prolong the script and include more dialogue, which he reluctantly agreed to do. All the disruption on his Gardenback project made him sick and led him to leave the Conservatory after returning to start his second year and being placed in first-year classes. Lynch, a retired AFI dean, begged him to reconsider, despite the fact that he was one of the school's best students. Lynch accepted the offer that he could design a project that would not be interfered with. He felt that Gardenback had been "wrecked" and launched Eraserhead, a new film.
: 58–59Eraserhead was supposed to be about 42 minutes long (it wound up being 89 minutes), but its script was only 21 pages long, and Lynch was able to make the film without interruption. Lynch, Jack Fisk, cinematographer Frederick Elmes, and sound designer Alan Splet were among the production team's largely Lynch and some of his colleagues', including Sissy Spacek, Jack Fisk, cinematographer Frederick Elmes and sound designer Alan Splet, to design a camera room, green room, editing room, and a bathroom. Lynch, 59-60, AFI gave Lynch a $10,000 grant but it wasn't enough to finish the film, and studios were under pressure because it wasn't possible to give him more. Lynch was then backed by a loan from his father and funds earned from a paper route that he took up, according to The Wall Street Journal. 60, 76 Lynch and Peggy became officially separated and divorced not long into Eraserhead's production, and he began working full time on set. Lynch married Mary Fisk, Jack Fisk's sister.
: 60, 80, 110Lynch has claimed that not a single reviewer of the film understood it in the way he intended. Eraserhead tells the tale of Henry (Jack Nance), a quiet young man who lives in a dystopian industrial wasteland, whose mother gives birth to a deformed baby whom she leaves in his care, with his father being filmed in black and white. Lynch had a lot to do with Philadelphia's tense atmosphere, and it was dubbed "my Philadelphia Story."
: 56Eraserhead's filming was haphazard, with regular stops and restarting. Lynch made the short film The Amputee, a one-shot film about two minutes long, during one of Lynch's first breaks in 1974. Lynch suggested that he bring The Amputee to AFI to try two different kinds of film stock.
: 28–29In 1976, Eraserhead was complete. Lynch attempted to get it into the Cannes Film Festival, but although some reviewers loved it, others thought it was sad, and it was not selected for screening. It was also rejected by reviewers from the New York Film Festival, but it was also shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where Ben Barenholtz, the Elgin Theater's distributor, learned of it. 82–83 He was a fan of the film from the beginning, assisting with the distribution of it around the country in 1977, and Eraserhead became known on the midnight movie underground circuit, alongside El Topo, Pink Flamingos, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, And the Night of the Dead. Stanley Kubrick said it was one of his all-time favorite movies.
: 77Stuart Cornfeld, an executive producer for Mel Brooks, saw it and later said, "I was just 100% blown away." Eraserhead's success on the underground circuit. It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. It was such a cleansing experience. "88 He promised to help Lynch with his forthcoming film, Ronnie Rocket," for which Lynch had already written a script. Lynch soon discovered that Ronnie Rocket, a film he has said about "electricity and a three-foot guy with red hair," was not going to be picked up by any financiers, so he ordered Cornfeld to find him a script by someone else. Cornfeld found four. Lynch selected The Elephant Man from the first film when it was announced.
: 90–92The Elephant Man's script, written by Chris de Vore and Eric Bergren, was based on a true tale of Joseph Merrick, a severely wounded man in Victorian London who was held in a sideshow but later put under the custody of a London surgeon, Frederick Treves. Lynch wanted to make some changes that would change the tale from true events but in his opinion make a better story,: 95 but Mel Brooks' organisation, Brooksfilms, was responsible for production. Brooks embraced Lynch, embracing the fact that he had been left out of the theater and yelling "You're a madman."
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": 92–93John Hurt appeared in the Elephant Man (the name changed from Joseph) and Anthony Hopkins as Treves. In London, filming took place. Despite being surrealistic and in black and white, Lynch has described it as "one of Lynch's most typical" films. The Elephant Man, 29-30, was a major academic and commercial success, earning eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
: 104George Lucas, a fan of Eraserhead, gave Lynch the opportunity to direct the third film in his Star Wars trilogy Return of the Jedi. Lynch declined, arguing that Lucas should direct the film himself, not Lynch's because the film should reflect his own vision rather than Lynch's. 113 When Dino de Laurentiis of the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group asked Lynch to produce a film version of Frank Herbert's science fiction book Dune (1965), the opportunity to direct another big-budget science fiction epic arose. 113 Lynch agreed, but was also legally bound to produce two other pieces of work for the company. He began writing a script based on the novel, first with Chris de Vore and Eric Bergren, and then alone when De Laurentiis was dissatisfied with their new ideas. 115 Lynch also helped build some of the sets, aiming for "a certain appearance" and especially enjoying the construction of the oil planet Giedi Prime, for which he used "steel, bolts, and porcelain."
Dune is projected in the distant future, where humans live in an interstellar empire under a feudal system. Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan), the son of a noble who takes over Arrakis, the empire's most coveted commodity, grows the rare spice melange. Lynch was dissatisfied with the work, but later said, "Dune was a kind of studio film." I didn't have a final cut. I was subconsciously making compromises [to his own vision], little by little]. 120 Much of his film was eventually cut from the final theatrical cut, dramatically expanding the story. 116–117 Although De Laurentiis hoped it would be as popular as Star Wars, Dune (1984) was a costly and commercial dud, it took in $45 million to produce, grossing $27.4 million nationally, Universal Studios released a "extended cut" for syndicated television, which featured almost an hour of cutting-room footage and a new narration later today. Lynch's intentions were not represented in the film, but the studio considered it more comprehensible than the original version. Lynch resent the revisions and his name was cut from the extended cut, which has Alan Smithee credited as the producer and "Judas Booth" (a pseudonym Lynch invented, expressing his bemoanity) as the screenwriter.Meanwhile, he had started writing and drawing of The Angriest Dog in the World, which featured unchanging graphics of a tethered dog that was so angry that it could not move, as well as cryptic philosophical references. It appeared in the Village Voice, Creative Loafing, and other tabloid and alternative newspapers from 1983 to 1992. 109 Around this time, Lynch became interested in photography as an art form and travelled to northern England to photograph the degrading industrial landscape.
: 109–111Lynch was contractually bound to complete two other projects for De Laurentiis, the first awaited sequel to Dune, but the film's cancellation never went beyond the script stage. 115 The other was a more personal project based on a script that Lynch had been working on for some time. The film, Blue Velvet, was set in Lumberton, North Carolina, and revolves around a college student, Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan), who has a swollen ear in a field, and is based on Lynch's theories since 1973. It is based on a criminal group led by psychopath Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), who has kidnapped singer Dorothy Vallens' husband and child (Isabella Rossellini) and systematically assaulted her, and she's been looking deeper (Laura Dern). Lynch has described the novel as "a flurry of bizarre desires wrapped within a mystery novel."
Lynch included pop songs from the 1960s, including Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" and Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet," the latter of which largely inspired the film. "It was the song that sparked the film," Lynch said. It had something eerily about it. It made me reflect about life. Lawns and the neighborhood were among the first things I was thinking about when it came to lawns. 134 Other songs for Lynch's subsequent film were composed by Angelo Badalamenti, who wrote the score for the majority of Lynch's subsequent films. 130–132 De Laurentiis loved the film and received help at some of the early specialist screenings, but the preview screenings to mainstream audiences were generally critical, with the majority of viewers hating the film. Lynch had great success with The Elephant Man, but Blue Velvet brought him into the mainstream, and it became a major critic and moderate commercial success. Lynch received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director for his film. Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen's nomination for Best Picture, said that Blue Velvet was his year-long favorite film of the year. Lynch began to work in television in the late 1980s, directing a short film, The Cowboy and the Frenchman, for French television in 1989. 81 years old.He met television producer Mark Frost, who had worked on such projects as Hill Street Blues, around this time, and the pair decided to start working together on a biopic of Marilyn Monroe based on Anthony Summers' book The Goddess: The Unconventional Lives of Marilyn Monroe, but it never made landfall. They went on to work on a comedy script called One Saliva Bubble, but it was not complete. 156–157 : 85 Lynch and Frost had the possibility of a body washing up on a lake shore when they first started working on their third project, initially called Northwest Passage but later Twin Peaks (1990–91). 157 A drama series set in a small Washington town where popular high school student Laura Palmer has been murdered, Twin Peaks' FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan) as the investigator who was trying to find the killers not only the murder but also many of the townsfolk's secrets, as the investigator's. "[Mark Frost and I] worked together," he later said, especially in the early stages. We started working more apart later on." The pilot was pitched to ABC, who agreed to finance the pilot and then commissioned a season of seven episodes.
: 157–159Lynch directing two of the seven episodes during season one, devoting more time to his film Wild at Heart, but selecting the other episodes' producers with care. 174–175 He appeared on several episodes as FBI agent Gordon Cole. The series was a hit in the United States and several other nations, and there was soon a cult following. A second season of 22 episodes went into production shortly, but ABC executives feared that public interest in the program was fading. Lynch and Frost insisted that Lynch and Frost reveal Laura Palmer's identity prematurely, which Lynch grudgingly agreed to do: 180–1881, which Lynch has dubbed one of Lynch's biggest career regrets. Twin Peaks continued for many more episodes after determining the killer and then transferring from Thursday to Saturday night, but after a ratings decrease, the show was cancelled. Lynch, who disliked the way writers and directors were taking in the later episodes, produced the final episode. He ended it with a cliffhanger (much like season one) and later said, "that's not the end." That's the conclusion that people were stuck with.
": 182While Twin Peaks was on display, the Brooklyn Academy of Music invited Lynch and Badalamenti, who wrote the songs for Twin Peaks, to create a performance piece that would be performed twice by the New Music America Festival in 1989. The result, Industrial Symphony No. No. 0 is no. 5. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted, which starred Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, and Michael J. Anderson, and featured five songs performed by Julee Cruise. Lynch made a 50-minute video of the 1990s. 57:56 In addition, he was instrumental in the design of various advertisements for businesses including Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Namoi, a Japanese coffee roastery, which featured a Japanese man searching the Twin Peaks for his missing wife.
Monty Montgomery, Lynch's friend, requested a book that he wanted to direct as a film while Lynch was working on the first few episodes of Twin Peaks. When he wondered if I would possibly be executive producer or something, I said, 'That's great, Monty, but what if I read it and fell in love with it and want to do it myself?' "You can do it yourself in that situation," he said. Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula, a book by Barry Gifford about two lovers on a road trip. Lynch said that it was "exactly the right thing at the right time." The book and the violence in America merged in my mind, and several other things occurred. "1923": Lynch adapted the story into Wild at Heart, a crime and road movie starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as Lula with support from Gifford. Lynch changed much of the original book, including numerous references to The Wizard of Oz, "a road picture, a love story, a psychological thriller, and a violent comedy," his plot was described as a "strange blend" of "a road picture, a love tale, a psychological thriller, and a violent comedy." 193–198 198 Wild at Heart received the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival despite a muted response from American critics and viewers.
Lynch returned to the land of the cancelled Twin Peaks, this time without Frost, to create a film that was mainly a prequel but also as part a sequel. "I liked the idea of the tale going back and forth in time," Lynch said. 187 The result, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), revolved much "darker" in tone than the television series, with a large portion of the humor removed from the film and dealing with topics such as incest and murder. Lynch has said the film is about "the loneliness, shame, guilt, mistrust, and devastation of the victim of incest." Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and the majority of the television series' cast members reprised their roles, although some were unwilling and some were unconcerned. 184–187 At the time of its release, the film was a commercial failure in the United States, but it has since undergone a critical reappraisal. Several commentators, including Mark Kermode, have dubbed it Lynch's "masterpiece."Lynch, on the other hand, appeared on a number of recent television shows. On the Air (1992), which was cancelled after three episodes were shown, was cancelled, and Monty Montgomery and Monty Montgomery created the three-episode HBO miniseries Hotel Room (1993) about events that take place in a single hotel room on different dates.
Lynch collaborated with Japanese singer Yoshiki on the film for X Japan's "Longing Setsubou no Yoru" in 1993. Lynch claimed in his 2018 memoir Room to Dream that "some of the frames are so fuckin' gorgeous, you can't believe it."
Lynch returned to film after a string of failed television attempts. He wrote the non-linear noiresque Lost Highway in 1997, co-written by Barry Gifford and starred Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette. Critics generally dismissed the film as it failed commercially and received a mixed reaction.Lynch continued to film The Straight Story, a true tale based on a true tale about Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth), an elderly man from Laurens, Iowa, who rides a 300-mile journey to visit his sick brother (Harry Dean Stanton) in Mount Zion, Wisconsin, by riding lawnmower, was released. Lynch explained why he chose this script, "I fell in love with next" and expressed his admiration for Straight, saying he looks like James Dean, except he's old." Badalamenti, 247, 252 wrote the film's soundtrack, saying it was "very different from the kind of score he's done for [Lynch] in the past."
: 260The Straight Story contains no profanity, sexuality, or violence, according to many in the film industry, who were shocked that it "did not offend or perplex" among Lynch's many variations from Lynch's previous films, and is rated G (general viewing). 245 Le Blanc and Odell say the script made it "as far removed from Lynch's earlier works as could be imagined," but it is actually his film—a surreal road movie."
Lynch came back to ABC this year with plans for a television drama. Lynch was granted permission to shoot a two-hour pilot for the series Mulholland Drive, but the project was postponed indefinitely due to content and running time. Lynch, a French production company StudioCanal, produced the pilot as a film, but Mulholland Drive was released as a film. Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux appear in the film, which is a non-linear narrative surrealist story about Hollywood's dark side. Lynch Best Director and Best Director from the New York Film Critics Association at the Cannes Film Festival did remarkably well at the box office around the world and was a critical success, earning Lynch Best Director and Best Director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival (shared with Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There) and Best Director. He has also been named Best Director on Academy Award for his third time. In a BBC poll of 177 film critics from 36 countries, the film was named the best film of the 21st century in 2016.
Lynch decided to use it as a distribution channel, debuting several new series he had only created on his website, www.darson.com, which went online on December 10, 2001. DumbLand, he created a series of online shorts in 2002. The eight-episode collection was later released on DVD, intentionally crude in terms and execution. Rabbits, Lynch's first-year sitcom, about a family of humanoid rabbits. Later, he made his experiments with digital Video in the form of the Japanese-style horror short Darkened Room. Lynch's Inland Empire, a 2006 film, was released. It's the longest of his films at three hours. It does not follow a traditional narrative plot like Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway. Laura Dern, Harry Dean Stanton and Justin Theroux appear in the film, as well as Jeremy Irons' appearance as Suzie and Jane Rabbit's voices. Inland Empire was "a mystery about a woman in danger," Lynch described it as. He made public appearances with a cow and a placard displaying the word "Without cheese, there will be no Inland Empire."
Lynch produced a documentary web series starring Austin Lynch and his colleague Jason S., called The Interview Project. What Have Ye Done, a teenage boy who wanted to work with Werner Herzog in 2009? The film is based on a true tale of an actor who committed matricide while filming in Oresteia and starring Lynch regular Grace Zabriskie. Lynch had intended to produce a documentary about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that consisted of interviews with people who knew him, but no one was aware of it.
Lynch debuted on the Family Guy spin-off as Gus the Bartender in 2010. He had been persuaded to participate in the program by its lead actor, Mike Henry, a Lynch fan who felt that his whole life had changed after seeing Wild at Heart. Lady Blue Shanghai is a 16-minute promotional film that was written, directed and edited by Lynch for Dior. In May 2010, it was announced on the Internet for the first time.
On March 23, 2011, Lynch directed an English new wave band Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran Duran's concert. The performance was streamed live from the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles as the kickoff to the second season of Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express. "The idea is to try and create on the fly, layers of images permeating Duran Duran Duran on the stage," Lynch said. "A world of experimentation and hopefully some happy accidents." During Interpol's concert at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2011, the animated short I Touch a Red Button Man, a collaboration between Lynch and the band Interpol, appeared in the background. The short, which features Interpol's song "Lights," was later released online.Lynch was supposed to leave the film business, but Abel Ferrara says Lynch "doesn't even want to make films anymore."
I've talked to him about it, OK?When he talks about it, I can tell you when he talks about it. Lynch said in a Los Angeles Times interview in June 2012, he didn't have the courage to start a new film venture, but "I have an idea that I fell in love with," Lynch said. Jack Dahl appeared in the three-part "Late Show" arc on FX's Louie in September 2012. While attending a Plus Camerimage in Bydgoszc, Poland, Lynch speculated at plans for a new film in November 2012, saying, "something is coming up." It will happen, but I don't know when it will happen." Lynch received a lifetime achievement award as well as the City's Key to the City from Bydgoszcz's mayor, Rafa Bruski, at Plus Camerimage. Laura Dern revealed that Lynch and Lynch were preparing a new venture in January 2013, and the Los Angeles Times later revealed that Lynch was working on the script. In February 2013, Idem Paris, a short documentary film about the lithographic process, was released online. Lynch's "Came Back Haunted" video was released on June 28, 2013. He also worked on the Dumb Numbers' self-titled album, which was released in August 2013.
Lynch revealed via Twitter on October 6, 2014, that he and Frost would shoot a new, nine-episode season of Twin Peaks in 2015, with the episodes scheduled to premiere on Showtime in 2016. All of Lynch and Frost's episodes were written. Lynch reported on Twitter on April 5, 2015 that the scheme was still alive but that it was no longer going to direct because the funding was too poor for what he wanted to do. On May 15, 2015, he announced via Twitter that he would return to the revival after figuring out his Showtime issues. Lynch, according to showtime CEO David Nevins, would direct every episode of the revival and that the original nine episodes had been extended to 18. Filming was complete by April 2016. On May 21, 2017, the two-episode premiere premiere aired.
Lynch was asked if he had withdrawn from film and seemed to confirm that he had made his last feature film while doing press for Twin Peaks, "Things changed a lot." So many films were not doing well at the box office, despite the fact that they may have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren't the ones that I would like to do." Lynch later said that this assertion had been misconstrued: "I did not say I quit cinema, simply that nobody knows what the future holds."
There has been rumors about a fourth season since the last episode of The Return to be broadcast. Lynch denied the possibility of another season, but said that if it were to happen, it would not air before 2021.
Lynch did weather reports on his now defunct website in the 2000s. He has returned to doing weather reports from his Los Angeles apartment, as well as two new series, What Is David Lynch Doing Today, which highlights him making collages and Today's Number Is..., where each day he chooses a random number from 1 to ten using a jar filled with ten numbered ping-pong balls. In one of his weather reports, he recalled a tense anticipation of being a German soldier shot by an American soldier on D-Day. Lynch's 2002 film Rabbits was revived on YouTube. Lynch's art on face masks was released on July 17, 2020, and his store for merchandise carried a series of face masks containing Lynch's art for the COVID-19 pandemic. Lynch appeared in Steven Spielberg's film The Fabelmans in a role Variety described as "a closely guarded mystery."
Lynch was working on a new project for Netflix under the working titles Wisteria and Unrecorded Night in 2021. With an $85 million budget, he was supposed to write and direct 13 episodes. In Los Angeles, production was projected to begin in May 2021.
Variety reported in April 2022 that Lynch has a film to premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, perhaps starring Laura Dern and Naomi Watts. It's unclear if this is connected to the Wisteria project Lynch was linked to in 2021. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the next day, Lynch denied the claims, saying, "I have no new film coming out." That's a complete lie. So here you are. It is not happening. I don't have a plan. I have nothing at Cannes."