Returning, Recycling and Remixing: Cut-up and Collage in Twin Peaks: The Return

SPOILER ALERT. The new season of Twin Peaks (2017) was dubbed Twin Peaks: The Return by Showtime, hoping to differentiate the new series from ABC’s original show. Even if The Return was never meant to be the official title of the new season, it introduces some central points and motifs, from the nostalgic vibe and “the fear of letting go” to the eulogizing of dead actors, the yearning to return to a certain town, a certain atmosphere and a certain set of characters, and the inevitability of transformation and uncertainty. Those elements are introduced stylistically through a vivid use of recycling and remixing, where old material is repurposed and sampled, and where elements from other parts of Lynch’s filmography and all of film history are referenced and included in what soon develops into a kind of magnum opus or even a cultural compost heap. Andreas Halskov explores this use of recycling and remixing in The Return, arguing that the series is much more than a postmodern collage. If anything, Twin Peaks: The Return is a touching meditation on the eternal cycle of life and death, repetition and transformation.

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Facts

  • Screenplay: Andreas Halskov
  • Production and editing: Jan Oxholm
  • Thanks to Davey Morison Dillard and Morten Hammershøy Kølln.
  • For study purposes only.

Excerpts from

  • Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) © Lynch/Frost, CBS/Showtime/Rancho Rosa Productions
  • The Elephant Man (1980) © Lynch, Studiocanal
  • Six Figures Getting Sick (1966/1967) © Lynch, Absurda/Ryko
  • Twin Peaks (1990-1991)  © Lynch/Frost, ABC/CBS Home Entertainment
  • Blue Velvet (1986) © Lynch, De Laurentiis
  • Eraserhead (1977) © Lynch, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Lost Highway (1997) © Lynch, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Kiss Me Deadly (1955) © Aldrich, Criterion
  • Stellar (1993) on By Brakhage © Brakhage/Criterion
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey © Kubrick, Warner Home Video
  • Dumbland (2002/2009) © Lynch, Scanbox Entertainment
  • Mulholland Dr. (2001) © Lynch, Criterion
  • The Grandmother (1970) © Lynch, Absurda
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) © Forman, Warner Home Video
  • Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975) © Jones et al., Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • La Retour a la Raison (1923) © Ray, Golan, Twentieth Century Fox
  • Over the Top (1987) © Golan, Twentieth Century Fox.

Sources

Andreas Halskov (f. 1981). Cand.mag i filmvidenskab og engelsk, ekstern lektor ved Aarhus Universitet, lektor i engelsk og mediefag ved Egaa Gymnasium og fast kurator og filmformidler for Cinemateket og Øst for Paradis. Har undervist, holdt foredrag og udgivet artikler i diverse film- og medierelaterede sammenhænge (bl.a. i tidsskrifter som EKKO, AngloFiles, Critical Studies in Television, Soundvenue og Kosmorama samt dagblade som Politiken, JP og Information). Har desuden bidraget med kapitler til bøgerne Essays on the American West in the Films of David Lynch (McFarland & Co., 2022, red. Rob King et al.), Global TV Horror (Wales University Press, 2021, red. Lorna Jowett & Stacey Abbott), Levende billeder (Systime, 2020, red. Mimi Olsen et al.), TV-analyse (Systime, 2018, red. Gunhild Agger et al.), MedierNu – Massemedier og meningsdannelse (Systime, 2011, red. Rune Gregersen et al.) og Et fejlæstetisk univers (2011, red. Marie Boye Thomsen), foruden at have medforfattet og -redigeret bøgerne Fjernsyn for viderekomne  (Turbine, 2011), Guldfeber (Turbine, 2013), Helt til grin (VIA Film & Transmedia, 2017) og Streaming for viderekomne (VIA FIlm & Transmedia, 2020). Herudover har han skrevet opslaget om "blockbuster" i Medie- og kommunikationsleksikon (Samfundslitteratur, 2021, red. Gunhild Agger et al.) og skrevet bøgerne Paradoksets kunst - om David Lynch og hans film (Turbine, 2014), TV Peaks: Twin Peaks and Modern Television Drama (Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2015), Død over Hollywood - eksistentielle spor i New Hollywoodfilmen (Antipyrine, 2016), VAMPYR (L&R, s.m. Henrik Rytter), Remakes, sequels og serialisering (Samfundslitteratur, 2019) og Beyond Television: TV Production in the Multiplatform Era (Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2021). Halskov har også fungeret som ekspert i diverse medier (fx DR2, P1, P4 Radio 24/7 og Tv2 News), foruden at være fast filmekspert ved Tv2’s Go’morgen Danmark, tilbagevendende Oscar-ekspert for Berlingske, medarrangør af Aarhus Series og medvært i radioprogrammet Stream & Chill (Radio4).

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