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[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Your argument is still valid]], though.]]

->"''It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It's better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it's a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.''"
-->-- '''David Lynch''' [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible on most of his movies]].

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is a widely acclaimed and influential director of film and television. Like Creator/AlfredHitchcock, Creator/AkiraKurosawa and Creator/KathrynBigelow, he was originally trained as a painter. Motivated by a desire to see his paintings in motion, he went into filmmaking in the late 1960s. His short "[[{{Squick}} Six Men Getting Sick]]" won a cash prize. From this point forward, he would be a professional filmmaker.

Obvious influences on his films are Creator/FedericoFellini, Creator/BillyWilder, Creator/EdWood, ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', FilmNoir, 1950s pop music (and [[TheFifties '50s]] culture in general), [[{{Film/Dracula 1931}} Tod]] [[Film/{{Freaks}} Browning]] and [[Film/UnChienAndalou Luis Buñuel]]. Frequent collaborators include Creator/KyleMacLachlan, Creator/LauraDern, Isabella Rossellini, Angelo Badalamenti, and the late Jack Nance.

He only conducts business deals at [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Bob's Big Boy restaurants]].

If you watch one of his works, expect some type of severe head trauma to play a role. Also expect the use of white noise and ambient sounds.

His daughter, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, is also a film director. Her best-known work, and certainly [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity most infamous]], is 1993's ''Film/BoxingHelena''. And no, it doesn't involve prize fighting. (Though Julian Sands gulping [[RawEggsMakeYouStronger raw egg smoothies]] might have spiced it up a bit.)
!!David Lynch's filmography includes:

* ''{{Film/Eraserhead}}'' (1977)
* ''Film/TheElephantMan'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Dune}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/BlueVelvet'' (1986)
* ''Film/WildAtHeart'' (1990)
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' (TV series 1990-91, returned in 2017)
* ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' (1992, a theatrical film {{prequel}} to the TV series)
* ''On the Air'' (1992, a short-lived SitCom)
* ''Film/LostHighway'' (1997)
* ''Film/TheStraightStory'' (1999). Wait for it... ''[[PlayingAgainstType a G-rated Disney movie with a conventional plot]].''
* ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' (2001)
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dumbland}}'' (2002) (Animated web series)
* ''Film/InlandEmpire'' (2006)

You can now vote for your favourite Lynch film [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestFilmDavidLynch here!]]

He has also made many short films, television commercials and music videos.
!!Tropes in Mr. Lynch's movies and life include:
* TheFifties: None of his works are actually set in the fifties, but most of them are visually and thematically very clearly influenced by the era.
* AlanSmithee: For the long version of ''Dune''.
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* ArcWords: There is not a single David Lynch film that doesn't depend on the use of repeated cryptic phrases to set a spooky or dreamlike mood.
* BigOlEyebrows: The Mentats in ''Dune''. And, indeed, Lynch himself.
* BodyMotifs: Injuries and/or deformities to the face and/or head
* CircusOfFear: The Elephant Man tries to escape one
* CreepyHighPitchedVoice: Some of his songs feature him singing in an eerie tone. ''Crazy Clown Time'' is a notable example.
* CrypticConversation: All the time.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Lynch is certainly one of these. Creator/MelBrooks once described him as "Jimmy Stewart from Mars." He also has a Twitter account. He posted twice about finding out whether he's connected to the moon and three times about buying an ax.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut6zdE8qWj0 Without cheese there wouldn't be an Inland Empire.]]
* DadaAd: He directed a couple of commercials. They are [[TheWalrusWasPaul just as]] [[MindScrew bizarre]] as you might expect from the man.
** Heck, just take a look at ''any'' of his UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 commercials.
** Or the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdlf1DzX0iQ&feature=related teaser ad]] he made for Music/MichaelJackson's ''Dangerous'', which later appeared on the compilation of music videos for that album.
** The weirdness of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vor65mNB8Uk this cigarette ad]] is compounded by the fact that it is backwards. Apparently.
* DadaComics: His comic ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angriest_Dog_in_the_World The Angriest Dog in the World]]'' inspired ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''. Every strip has the same repeated panels of the dog straining against his chain.
* DerangedAnimation: Occurs in his short films and music videos. A particular example would be the web series [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DumbLand ''Dumb Land'']]
* DaylightHorror: He sometimes likes to set scary moments during daylight hours, often in normal, suburban locations. See, for example, the Winkies scene in ''Mulholland Drive''.
* EmergingFromTheShadows: Often seen in his films.
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* FisherKing: In ''Dune''
* GainaxEnding: Most of his films lack a comprehensible ending, including ''Twin Peaks'' but [[AvertedTrope excluding]] the aptly-named ''The Straight Story''.
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* LaughTrack: Sinisterly parodied in ''Rabbits'', where it accompanies some some genuinely absurd statements in a creepy setting.
* LicensedGame: ''Dune'' received one in the form of an AdventureGame with some strategic elements.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: He's fond of sustaining camera shots for a ''very'' long time, which [[TropesAreTools frequently adds]] to the dreamlike, unsettling mood of his movies.
* LighterAndSofter: ''The Straight Story''. No explanation required.
* LouisCypher: Some of Lynch's creepiest characters, such as the Man in the Planet, the magician in "Silencio" and (possibly) the Cowboy are heavily implied to be this. ''Lost Highway'''s Mystery Man is either this or the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[spoiler: sanity.]]
* MagicalRealism: Most of his films fall into the genre in some way or another. Some are realistic but extremely bizarre (''Blue Velvet'', ''The Straight Story'') while others go into the realm of pure fantasy (''Twin Peaks'') and beyond (''[=Eraserhead=]'', good god, ''[=Eraserhead=]''...). The rest are, well.... somewhere in between. [[MindScrew It's not like we can really be sure or anything.]]
* MetaTwist: ''Blue Velvet''
* MindScrew: Mr. Lynch is a mental Lothario.
** A woman named Lotje Sodderland wrote him a letter about how she suffered brain damage during a stroke, and found that his films bore an uncanny resemblance to the way her mind worked now. In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, Lynch responded by producing a documentary about her, titled ''My Beautiful Broken Brain''.
* MocksteryTale: He is quite fond of this; he's actually known as "the first popular surrealist" because his movies are MindScrew in trendy neo-noir wrappers featuring police, mafia and conspiracies... as well as supernatural creatures and mind-boggling surrealism.
* MythArc: Averted trope
** ''WildMassGuessing'', however, is put on another scale of existence.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: He wouldn't be David Lynch without this trope. Just check out some of his most disturbing works.
* NonActorVehicle: Lynch loves casting singers in acting roles. This starts with Sting's performance in ''Dune'', continuing to David Bowie and Chris Isaak appearing in ''Fire Walk With Me'', and Marilyn Manson and Henry Rollins have cameos in ''Lost Highway''. Finally, Billy Ray Cyrus has a hilarious cameo in ''Mulholland Drive''. Also Rebekah del Rio in ''Mulholland Drive'' and ''Rabbits'', though she sticks to singing.
* NothingIsScarier: While he's ''arguably'' never made a straight-up horror film (except maybe ''Eraserhead''), plenty of his movies are terrifying beyond all reason nevertheless, even when there's nothing overtly scary going on.
* OstentatiousSecret: ''Mulholland Drive'' has a mysterious blue box, which has a matching blue key. It is shown to open once or twice, though the MindScrew makes it hard to tell what if anything is going on.
* PsychicNosebleed: When Paul takes the Water of Life in ''Dune''. Quite possibly Henry's nosebleed in ''[=Eraserhead=]'', even though the trope didn't really exist when that movie was made.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: ''Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'', although it doesn't really resolve much.
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* ScareChord: He is ''really'' good at these.
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: [[AuthorAppeal A favorite character type]], most notably in the form of Laura Palmer.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: Fucked with. Brutally.
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* StylisticSuck: The eight ''WebAnimation/{{Dumbland}}'' animated shorts, which are very crude in both design and [[RefugeInAudacity content]].
* SurrealHorror: One of the masters of it.
* SurrealHumor: Here and there.
* SurrealMusicVideo: [[RuleOfThree Ditto.]]
* TakeThat: ''Mulholland Dr.'' and ''Inland Empire'' are obvious TakeThat at Hollywood. And ''Rabbits'' is probably this to some not-so-clever sitcoms.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Part of the plot of ''Mulholland Drive'', maybe.
* VillainProtagonist: About half of his films feature one, [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation at least to some extent.]]
* WildTeenParty: The music video for the song ''Crazy Clown Time'' depicts one.
* WorldOfSymbolism: His movies have a reputation for falling into this category. Though some of them do have a comprehensible story, there's simply no way to take movies like ''[=Eraserhead=]'' and ''Inland Empire'' on anything except a very symbolic, fever-dream level.