Creator / David Lynch

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David Lynch has a chicken.
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 on most of his movies.

David Keith Lynch (born 1946) is a widely acclaimed and influential director of film and television. Like Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa and Kathryn Bigelow, 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 "Six Men Getting Sick" won a cash prize. From this point forward, he would be a professional filmmaker.

Obvious influences on his films are Federico Fellini, Billy Wilder, Ed Wood, The Wizard of Oz, Film Noir, 1950s pop music (and '50s culture in general), Tod Browning and Luis Buñuel. Frequent collaborators include Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, Angelo Badalamenti, and the late Jack Nance.

He only conducts business deals at 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 most infamous, is 1993's Boxing Helena. And no, it doesn't involve prize fighting. (Though Julian Sands gulping raw egg smoothies might have spiced it up a bit.)

David Lynch's filmography includes:

He has also made many short films, television commercials and music videos.

Tropes in Mr. Lynch's movies and life include:

  • The '50s: None of his works are actually set in the fifties, but most of them are visually and thematically very clearly influenced by the era.
  • Alan Smithee: For the long version of Dune.
  • Licensed Game: Dune received one in the form of an Adventure Game with some strategic elements.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Straight Story. No explanation required.
  • Louis Cypher: 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 Anthropomorphic Personification of sanity.
  • Magical Realism: 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. It's not like we can really be sure or anything.
  • Meta Twist: Blue Velvet
  • Mind Screw: 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 Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, Lynch responded by producing a documentary about her, titled My Beautiful Broken Brain.
  • Mockstery Tale: He is quite fond of this; he's actually known as "the first popular surrealist" because his movies are Mind Screw in trendy neo-noir wrappers featuring police, mafia and conspiracies... as well as supernatural creatures and mind-boggling surrealism.
  • Myth Arc: Averted trope
  • Non-Actor Vehicle: 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.
  • Ostentatious Secret: Mulholland Drive has a mysterious blue box, which has a matching blue key. It is shown to open once or twice, though the Mind Screw makes it hard to tell what if anything is going on.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: 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.
  • The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, although it doesn't really resolve much.
  • Stylistic Suck: The eight Dumb Land animated shorts, which are very crudely drawn and animated.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Part of the plot of Mulholland Drive, maybe.
  • Villain Protagonist: About half of his films feature one, at least to some extent.
  • World of Symbolism: 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.

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