Friday, July 16, 2010

David Lynch's 1990s



All this week, Not Coming... has been spotlighting the wide-ranging and ever-inscrutable 1990s output of David Lynch. They're wise in pointing out that the decade was somehow his most pervasive in terms of both artistic output and mainstream notice, while at the same time the period in which he produced his most divisive and arguably most extreme work. They revisit his major works of course (Twin Peaks, Lost Highway, Wild at Heart-- pictured above), but they also thankfully take the time to highlight some of Lynch's little seen short-films, operas and aborted TV shows:
"Twin Peaks debuted in April of 1990 to immediate critical and popular acclaim, and his fifth film, Wild at Heart, followed later that Spring, and would win the Palme d’or at Cannes. In the decade’s remainder, Lynch would helm three more features; produce a second, tumultuous season of Twin Peaks; create two more television series (both of which remain orphaned in only a handful of episodes); direct an opera; and make what is by some measure his finest short film. The decade would end as it began, with an unexpected mainstream success: 1999’s surprisingly gentle, pastoral The Straight Story earned its star, veteran character actor Richard Farnsworth, an Oscar nomination."
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to view some odd footage and an episode of one of those elusive left-field TV shows (On the Air, which they provide a detailed excavation of here) when I attended an event entitled "An Evening with Robert Engels", where we spent a few hours hearing about not only Twin Peaks, but a lot of the work that this same crew of people did in the wake of their breakout success. It was a fascinating conversation, and it's ably matched by the passion of this feature from the folks at Not Coming. Lynch fans would do well to check out the feature-- I'm sure there are interesting tidbits even for the die-hards.

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