Between Two Worlds: The Competing Moods of David Lynch

David Lynch is a renowned American director, and he has been given such  nicknames as ”The Czar of the Bizarrre,” ”Jimmy Stewart from Mars” and ”The Crazy Uncle,” attesting to the strangeness of his many productions. His films are full of paradoxes, and in this video-essay Andreas Halskov deals with two of the Lynchian paradoxes (the genre paradox and the register paradox), as seen in three of David Lynch’s famous productions: Blue Velvet (1986), Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990-1991) and Wild at Heart (1990). Halskov argues that Lynch’s films are often full of competing moods, genres and tonalities, producing an ambivalent or uncanny experience on the part of the viewer.

Later, Andreas Halskov will revisit David Lynch in two other video-essays, dealing with other aspects of his films, as seen in some of his other productions.

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  • Screenplay: Andreas Halskov
  • Production and editing: Jan Oxholm

Excerpts from: Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Episode 9 (“Coma”) and Episode 15 (“Drive with a Dead Girl”) © Lynch/Frost, ABC/CBS Home Entertainment, Wild at Heart (1990) © Lynch, Universal Studios, Blue Velvet (1986) © Lynch, De Laurentiis, Oklahoma! (1955), © Zinnemann, 20th Century Fox.