Possessing a special ability to both challenge and entertain, David Lynch is somewhat of an anomaly in the world of contemporary cinema. A transcendental renaissance man, Lynch has left his mark not only on cinema but on other media as well, trying his hand at acting, television direction, painting, and composing. Blending darkly surrealist imagery with Kafka-esque absurdity, Lynch’s debut, Eraserhead, is a terrifying ode to urban decay and alienation. After Eraserhead’s success on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was given more leeway and funding, resulting in The Elephant Man, a poignant commentary on the human condition anchored by John Hurt’s remarkable performance. Working with even greater resources, Lynch created an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction novel Dune, a commercial and critical failure that has since seen a resurgence in appreciation. In 1986, Lynch bounced back with the cult hit Blue Velvet, a small-town nightmare featuring a maniacal performance by an oxygen-huffing Dennis Hopper. The following raucous, love-on-the-run caper Wild at Heart was ultimately superseded by the fan-favorite television series Twin Peaks, which spawned a feature, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Lynch returned to dark, pulpy territory with Lost Highway, a stark contrast to the surprisingly charming Disney-produced The Straight Story. Finally, we cap our series with the critical darling Mulholland Drive, a mysterious thriller that both launched the career of Naomi Watts and garnered Lynch a Best Director Oscar nomination.
Thursday, January 2, 8 p.m.
The Elephant Man
(David Lynch, US 1980, 124 min., 35mm)
Thursday, January 9, 8 p.m.
(David Lynch, US 1977, 85 min., 35mm)
Thursday, January 16, 8 p.m.
(David Lynch, US 1984, 137 min., 35mm)
Thursday, January 24, 8 p.m.
(David Lynch, US 1986, 120 min., 35mm)
Thursday, January 30, 8 p.m.
Wild at Heart
(David Lynch, US 1990, 125 min., 35mm)
Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
(David Lynch, US/France 1992, 135 min., 35mm)
Thursday, February 13, 8 p.m.
(David Lynch, US/France 1997, 134 min., 35mm)
Thursday, February 20, 8 p.m.
The Straight Story
(David Lynch, US/UK/France 1999, 112 min., 35mm)
Thursday, February 27, 8 p.m.
(David Lynch, US/France 2001, 147 min., 35mm)