on 6 March 2013
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.