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A film student once approached director David Lynch and asked, “[You] have described [your] film ‘Eraserhead‘ in this manner, ‘A dream of dark and troubling things.’ Would you like to expound on that a little?” Without hesitation, Lynch answered simply and severely, “No.” As a filmmaker, Lynch has rarely, if ever, answered questions on the meaning or intentions behind his work. His filmography is shrouded in a type of allure and mystery that only he can produce. But there is a further reason as to why Lynch is less forthcoming about his work.
In a video essay, What’s So Great About That? dissects and reassembles Lynch’s relationship with language. Words, as part of Lynch’s career, are central to his work. The director’s feelings about language can even be seen to manifest themselves with his character in “Twin Peaks.” FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole loses his hearing and is, therefore, unable to perceive spoken language as clearly. The reservations Lynch has...
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