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David Lynch,9781623566883

David Lynch

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 12/14/2017
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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David Lynch is no stranger to scholars, critics and fans. From his first feature Eraserhead (1977), Lynch's films present us with a provocative world of weirdness and fantasy. Most work on Lynch uses a specific lens to assess his work, whether it's looking at the religious undertones to his films or his influence of music to his soundtracks. Laurence Simmons' work fills an important gap in the scholarship by looking at the acclaimed and influential director from all angles. Structured to meet the needs of both the student and scholar, Simmons' volume situates Lynch within his historical and critical context, exploring key collaborative relationships and new ways of watching his films. Beginning with Lynch's biography, Simmons surveys the evolution of Lynch's life and career from growing up in Northwest Montana and Boise Idaho, a 1950s childhood that is parodied in Blue Velvet (1986) to the interaction of his work as painter, record producer, song composer and comic strip artist with his work in cinema, and finally to opening up a new nightclub in France, Silencio (based on the club of the same name in Mulholland Drive).The volume includes two critical essays that examine Lynch's body of work by reconsidering the problem of cinematic realism in his work in the light of the emergent philosophical movement known as Speculative Realism. Through a close reading of a number of films (Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story) this chapter considers the potential relevance of Lynch's modification of theories of cinematic realism and his affirmation of cinema as a medium that has the capacity to affirm things-in-themselves without the presumption of a priori schemas of knowledge. Concluding with an appendix detailing key critical works and further reading and viewing, this volume is an essential addition to any institution where film scholarship and teaching occur.

Author Biography

Laurence Simmons is Head of Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In 1992, with another colleague, he helped set up an interdisciplinary Centre in Film, Television and Media Studies at The University of Auckland. This unit, of which he is now Head, grew rapidly and is rated as the top unit in its field in New Zealand following the most recent national research ranking exercise. The Department's research and teaching focuses on history, theory, aesthetics, industry studies and screen production. His research interests embrace several different areas: critical theory including screen theory, contemporary visual culture; television and media studies, New Zealand cinema, and Italian cinema. He has published 2 sole-authored books, 8 edited collections, contributed 25 chapters to books, and published 35 refereed journal articles.

Table of Contents

Introduction / biography / context: Influences
1. Key Collaborative Relationships: Adaptations of novels, Music, Actors, Camera, Set design, Costume design
2. Essay One: Ways of watching Mulholland Drive
3. Essay Two: New critical exploration around a specific concept: The Problem of Cinematic Realism
4. A - Z Films / Themes / Key Concepts: Abjection, American Gothic, Balance, Bizarre, Cliché, Desire, Digital video, Doppelgangers, Dream, Enjoyment, Evil, Excess, Fantasy, Fathers, Film noir, Freaks, Imaginary, Immobility, Impossibility, Missing reverse shots, Music, Panpsychism, Postmodernism, Repetition, Surrealism, Transgression, The Uncanny, Voice
Appendices: Books by Lynch
Interviews with Lynch
Books on Lynch
Key journal articles on Lynch

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