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David Lynch

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Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Eraserhead have turned David Lynch into an American cult figure. This lively book is a uniquely comprehensive account of the only director to have a smash hit TV series in the same year as winning the Golden Palm at Cannes.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 25th 2005 by British Film Institute (first published 1992)
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Fantastic! I've read several books on Lynch and this is definitely the most interesting critical analysis of his work.
Chion is one of the only critics I've read that realizes Lynch shouldn't be situated as a poster boy for PoMo cinema because he is, at heart, a romantic. He also includes a "Lynch kit" (in the spirit of Lynch's dismembered animals: 'cat kits', etc.) which breaks down the "Lynchian" into autonomous reoccurring and interconnected tropes.

My one beef was Chion's reliance on Lacanian
Jez Latham
i very much enjoyed this although i was reading the first edition which has a less attractive cover. the author, mr chion, talks very intelligently about the films with some excellent research and succeeds in not getting bogged down in research or in anything overly fanciful. i do like theory and there is some theory here but he maintains clarity and there is nothing here that theory phobes will react alarmingly too. my only negative comment is that it only goes up to [in the first ed.] to the t ...more
A strong entry in Lynchian commentary. Chion makes trenchant and lyrical criticism look easy.
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