What’s the Frequency, David? Noise and Interference in the films of David Lynch

Noise and faulty wiring, hiccups and miscommunication – the films of David Lynch often feature electronic devices that don’t work and people who seem to be (speaking) on different frequencies. In this video-essay, Andreas Halskov argues that the many instances of technological noise in David Lynch’s films (e.g. Eraserhead, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Lost Highway and Inland Empire) function as more than just a cool aesthetic. These motifs, in fact, illustrate a common theme in the works of David Lynch: The constant battle between the conscious and the unconscious world – as if they were two frequencies on the same radio.

This video-essay is the second (out of three) video-essays about the films of David Lynch.

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

Excerpts from: Eraserhead (1977) © Lynch, Absurda, Lost Highway (1997) © Lynch, Absurda, Twin Peaks (1990-1991), Pilot (“Northwest Passage”) and Episode 8 (“May the Giant Be with You”) © Lynch, CBS DVD, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) © Lynch, Absurda, Inland Empire (2007) © Lynch, Optimum Home Entertainment, Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990) © Lynch, Absurda.