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The Impossible David Lynch (Film and Culture)

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Todd McGowan launches a provocative exploration of weirdness and fantasy in David Lynch's groundbreaking oeuvre. He studies Lynch's talent for blending the bizarre and the normal to emphasize the odd nature of normality itself. Hollywood is often criticized for distorting reality and providing escapist fantasies, but in Lynch's movies, fantasy becomes a means through which ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Columbia University Press (first published February 2nd 2007)
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Jimmy
Sep 07, 2008 Jimmy rated it it was ok
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Nowadays I just find it amusing to listen to/read someone's analysis of Lynch's films. In my opinion, reading David Foster Wallace's thoughts on what is truly "Lynchian" is probably good enough for me.

Mcgowan's book chronologically runs through an interpretation of (almost) every Lynch project, at least his full-length, studio pictures anyway. For the most part, it's a psychological reading of his films, largely from the academic perspective of a strict Lacanian, which makes it sound almost lik
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Jr
Mar 20, 2010 Jr rated it really liked it
preemptive review (as of page 100 or so): a great exploration of lynch's work from a particular psychological/philosophical perspective. chief observation: desire vs. fantasy. desire for the impossible and fantasy achieving the impossible. interesting reading thus far. i'll probably edit this when i've completed the book.

done. this was an immensely enjoyable read for me. it’s not for everyone, that’s for sure. if you like in-depth analysis and don’t mind spoilers for the films being dissected th
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David
Mar 19, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
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I've read parts of this book in another form (an article from a film journal) and was extremely impressed with the author's interpretation of Mulholland Dr. I can't wait to read further into it.
Richard Jones
Feb 12, 2013 Richard Jones rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of David Lynch, then you must read this book - in a word it is a stunning piece of erudition and theoretical thinking. The best academic book on Lynch yet to published.
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This fulfilled the "fun critical theory about auteur" slot in my reading schedule nicely.
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