You know David Lynch as the director of terminally weird movies such as Eraserhead
, Blue Velvet
, and Wild at Heart
, as well as the bizarre and highly influential television series Twin Peaks
. But did you know that it was Mel Brooks who gave him his first big break? That the idea for Blue Velvet
grew out of a fantasy Lynch had about sneaking into a private room and learning the secret to a murder mystery? That Twin Peaks
came about because co-creator Mark Frost was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe?
In Lynch on Lynch, a 250-page interview book, editor Chris Rodley does a superb job of getting Lynch to talk at length about the high and low points of his life and career. Their conversation covers his early work as a painter through the making of his major films of the 1980s, the fiasco of Dune ("It is what it is"), and the recent and very obscure Lost Highway ("I just loved this title").
Lynch is particularly interesting when he talks about the creative process: "I don't want to give the impression that I sit around thinking up horrible things. I get all kinds of different ideas and feelings. If I'm lucky, they start organizing themselves into a story--then maybe some ideas come along that are too eerie, too violent, or too funny, and they don't fit that story. So you write them down and save them for two or three projects down the road. There's nowhere you can't go in a film--if you think of it, you can go there." Lynch on Lynch is a treat for Lynch fans of all shapes, sizes and fetishes.
About the Author
Chris Rodley is the editor of Cronenberg on Cronenberg
and of Lynch on Lynch
. He has made films for televison, as well as a short film based on a story by Raymond Carver.