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David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE Explained

David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE Explained [Kindle Edition]

Michael T. Lidstone
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The world has waited since 2006 for the first rays of light to break through the clouds of confusion surrounding David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE. In the following study entitled David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE Explained, the true meaning of the most enigmatic film in the history of cinema is exposed using the primary 19th and early 20th Century texts read by Lynch himself.

Each of INLAND EMPIRE's thematic components are separated and analyzed through the spheres of European and American history, Roma (Gypsy) culture and folklore, Biblical prophecy and the Transcendental Meditation experience. Analysis of these phenomenon builds to a grand explanation of the film you have to read to believe.

Everything from the origin of the talking rabbits to the true meaning behind the 'AXXoNN' formula is revealed through extensive literary and historical research. Whether a fan of INLAND EMPIRE or not, experience the demystification of the most complex film of all time through this one of a kind study.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis of INLAND EMPIRE 6 Mar 2013
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I was impressed by the writing style and clear research. INLAND EMPIRE isn't a film you can sit down with and easily understand in terms of story or characters but Lidstone gives a good explanation of Lynch's style of film-making. Whilst Lynch has directed films that are more easily understandable, like The Straight Story and The Elephant Man, with INLAND he was clearly making a real experimental movie. Did that mean he just turned up each day with a new idea or scripted scene? Partly yes, but he did seem to have an overall concept too. I don't think that Lynch just threw in a whole jumble of surreal scenes and said 'hey presto, I have a film'...He really takes cinema too seriously for that.

This analysis looks into the inclusion of the Rabbits, the Polish curse, gypsy folk tales and the various transitions in the movie from one storyline to another. Or from one reality to another. Overall, it doesn't feel like Lynch constructed this film in a crazy fashion but that he had a lot in his own 'inland' territory that he fed into this intriguing production. Lidstone provides a whole host of references and analyses that provides us with more room to dream and research. If this had been twice as long, I would have loved to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but over-priced 2 Sep 2011
By K. G. Godwin - Published on
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Lidstone has obviously put a lot of thought and effort into this strange but interesting interpretation of Lynch's masterpiece.

But ten bucks for a 40 page essay seems a bit out of line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling case and a good history lesson 11 Jun 2013
By C M Anderson Bazzoli - Published on
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Inland Empire is so rich with metaphors and allusions. Most of Mr. Lidstone's assertions are quite convincing, such as the connection between Hollywood and Lodz, Poland, and the film's expansion of that setting into themes about American pop culture and Gypsy folklore (especially the significance of hares). I really enjoyed how he peeled back that particular onion. I thought his connections with American politics over the last decade were a stretch, but nevertheless a viable interpretation. Recommended, but it's bit pricey for basically an extended essay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended read for fans of David Lynch 4 July 2012
By Rob Hermanowski - Published on
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I am a serious David Lynch fan. "Twin Peaks" remains my favorite television series, and I have organized and presented a discussion group on "Mulholland Drive" twice. "Inland Empire" has probably been the most difficult of Lynch's film for me to penetrate, though I love the imagery and dream-like quality that this film share with his other works. This short but extremely well-reasoned and researched study by Michael Lidstone was exactly what I was looking for. His arguments are concise and mostly (if not entirely) persuasive. I certainly want to view the film again after reading this, and highly recommend it to fellow Lynch fans, students of cinema critique, and aspiring filmmakers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well researched, intended essay, But it misses the point 20 Mar 2011
By Edward Z. Rosenthal - Published on
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There's a profoundly ridiculous paradox to reading a competent, scholarly essay on a film whose greatest, most remarkable and worthwhile aspect, ultimately, is its lack of a need to be explained. You see, David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE is first and foremost a cinematic EXPERIENCE. This film aggressively defies attempts to be explained because it is created as a manifestation of an aspect of the human psyche which defies or transcends verbal communication. What David Lynch expresses through INLAND EMPIRE simply cannot be reduced to words; it absolutely must be experienced. Just as a rollercoaster can never, ever be understood by reading about it or simply watching it, you have no option but to actually be on board, soaring through the vast caverns, ornate galleries, and claustrophobic cupboards of David's archly gothic mind if you hope to solve his film's secrets. INLAND EMPIRE is so unlike any other film in that the narrative story--the meaning--is ONLY graspable by actually managing to find your way "in" to the concealed inner film, on your own, by your own guile, wits and tenacity.

If you follow David's "instructions" for how to gain access to the inner, "real" film then the myriad mysteries of its meaning, origins, and purpose will be revealed, at least to a degree whereby any erudite, literate dissertation will only seem redundant and unnecessary. If you heed the marvelously camouflaged "directions" contained in the curious words of the various Polish characters at the beginning of the film--especially Nikki's peculiar new "neighbor" with her bewildering comments concerning time and space--then, hopefully, you'll find youself suddenly immersed in a remarkably cogent, lucent and intense cinematic experience. Until that moment which I managed to decipher the coded commandments of those agitated, odd characters INLAND EMPIRE was a formidable barrage of frantic, hostile and perplexing melodramatic hysteria. Once I somehow intuited what David was expecting of me, and I allowed my mind--my psych--to be led to where he was deliberately leading the film then suddenly opened up, blossomed, exploded into an astoundingly intense, visceral experience. Everything isn't immediately understandable but through the duration of its 3 hours it eventually makes explicit what is its sincerest intent and purpose. Methodically, ingeniously, vividly, David's film reveals its reason for being, and any analysis or clinical dissection after the fact is only redundant and actually kinda silly and tedious. But because so many people have failed to traverse its threshhold INLAND EMPIRE is vulnerable to both well meaning and also cynical exploitation by misguided, oblivious, self satisfied eggheads.

But that's the contradictory nature of all truly worthwhile art; its inherent reluctance, its refusal to be explained. In fact, all Great Art exists in direct opposition to the literate, rational, sane world. INLAND EMPIRE is not only an expression of the atavistic, irrational, outlaw instinct possessed by all worthwhile artists, but is also a deeply sincere and solemn attempt to share a very profound and sublime insight into the nature of our increasingly demented and warped media infused culture. David isn't merely reciting his opinions and thoughts about our bizarre, psychosexually damaged society, he's demonstrating them in the most compelling, creative, artistic manner possible.

And so, all the academic chatter contained in this essay is certainly pertinent and valid, but it's also inconsequential and irrelevant. If you merely see or watch or witness INLAND EMPIRE then you might find Michael T. Lidstone's writing to be valuable. But if you manage, hopefully, to actually experience David's amazing, outrageous creation from within its awesome fullness then you'll understand my complaint. What's most confounding and wonderful of all is that INLAND EMPIRE--the film, itself--is just as surprised and mystified and excited by its own mysteries. You definitely can't experience that amazing natural phenomenom by reading a book, essay or academic scrawlings. You just have to let David's outrageously unique film work its magic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it Twice 13 Sep 2013
By David L. Reynolds - Published on
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This was a fascinating explanation of one of my all-time favorite films. Now that I've read this book (which is more of a long essay than a book, only 49 pages I think) I'll have to watch the film again, then go back and read the book again. It's full of information and I found it difficult to absorb everything on the first go at it. But I think it merits a second reading.
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