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David Lynch : The Man from Another Place
by Dennis Lim


Overview - At once a pop culture icon, cult figure, and film industry outsider, master filmmaker David Lynch and his work defy easy definition. Dredged from his subconscious mind, Lynch's work is primed to act on our own subconscious, combining heightened, contradictory emotions into something familiar but inscrutable.  Read more...

 
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Overview
At once a pop culture icon, cult figure, and film industry outsider, master filmmaker David Lynch and his work defy easy definition. Dredged from his subconscious mind, Lynch's work is primed to act on our own subconscious, combining heightened, contradictory emotions into something familiar but inscrutable. No less than his art, Lynch's life also evades simple categorization, encompassing pursuits as a musician, painter, photographer, carpenter, entrepreneur, and vocal proponent of Transcendental Meditation.

David Lynch: The Man from Another Place, Dennis Lim's remarkably smart and concise book, proposes several lenses through which to view Lynch and his work: through the age-old mysteries of the uncanny and the sublime, through the creative energies of surrealism and postmodernism, through ideas of America and theories of good and evil. Lynch himself often warns against overinterpretation. And accordingly, this is not a book that seeks to decode his art or annotate his life--to dispel the strangeness of the Lynchian--so much as one that offers complementary ways of seeing and understanding one of the most distinctive bodies of work in modern cinema. Its spirit is true to its subject, in remaining suggestive rather than definitive, in allowing what Lynch likes to call "room to dream," and in honoring the allure of the unknown and the unknowable.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780544343757
  • ISBN-10: 0544343751
  • Publisher: New Harvest
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Icons

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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Books > Performing Arts > Film - Direction & Production
Books > Performing Arts > Film - History & Criticism

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this unsatisfying 10th entry in Amazons Icons series of biographies, Lim, director of programming for the Film Society at Lincoln Center, offers a lucid biography of contemporary American filmmaker David Lynch; unfortunately, lucidity is a quality that works against an appreciation of this directors mysterious, oneiric work. The book alternates smoothly among biography, production history, and analysis. Lynchs first feature, Eraserhead, enjoyed kismet timing in infiltrating the midnight movie world of 1970s film culture. The creation of Blue Velvet, Lynchs Reagan-era nightmare (or perhaps fantasy), is read as a triumph of an auteur reasserting his own voice after two projects based on others work (The Elephant Man and Dune). The success of Twin Peaks, Lynchs TV program, is inverted a decade later with Mulholland Drive, a film recut from a failed TV pilot. Overall, Lims analysis is legible for the nonspecialist and insightful in drawing connections between Lynchs life and work. A paradox emerges, however, from such a clear-cut analysis. Lynchs films present the viewer with a nostalgic, glossy exterior that hides a sinister nightmare logic just below the surface. Under close scrutiny, and coupled with personal history, this exterior and its core are normalized. In writing for a general audience, Lim has demystified a figure who, for that audience, is iconic precisely for his mysteriousness. (Nov.)

 
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