“You feel David in his movies — its another universe he takes you to — its an alternate reality but its close enough to our own that its scary.” – Patricia Arquette
“It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It is better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it’s a very personal thing and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for someone else.” David Lynch
David Keith Lynch (born 20 January 1946) is an American film director, writer and actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed “Lynchian”, a style characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. The surreal, and in many cases, violent, elements contained within his films have been known to “disturb, offend or mystify” audiences
“My childhood was elegant homes, tree-lined streets, the milkman, building backyard forts, droning airplanes, blue skies, picket fences, green grass, cherry trees. Middle America as it’s supposed to be. But on the cherry tree there’s this pitch oozing out – some black, some yellow, and millions of red ants crawling all over it. I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath. Because I grew up in a perfect world, other things were a contrast.” David Lynch
“Being in darkness and confusion is interesting to me. But behind it you can rise out of that and see things the way the really are.” David Lynch
“There’s so many problems in our world, so much negativity. Don’t worry about the darkness — turn on the light and the darkness automatically goes” – David Lynch
Lynch has commented on his admiration for such film makers as Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Werner Herzog and Jacques Tati. He has also stated that Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950) is one of his favourite films, as is Kubrick’s Lolita (1962).
“I’m not a political person. … I don’t understand politics, I don’t understand the concept of two sides and I think that probably there’s good on both sides, bad on both sides, and there’s a middle ground, but it never seems to come to the middle ground and it’s very frustrating watching it and seemingly we’re not moving forward.” – David Lynch Scene by Scene interview BBC 2 (1999)
He frequently works with Angelo Badalamenti to compose music for his productions, former wife Mary Sweeney as a film editor, casting director Johanna Ray, and cast members Harry Dean Stanton, Jack Nance, Kyle MacLachlan, Naomi Watts, Isabella Rossellini, Grace Zabriskie, and Laura Dern.
“Most people have strange thoughts, but they rationalize them. David doesn’t translate his images logically, so they remain raw, emotional. Whenever I ask him where his ideas come from, he says it’s like fishing. He never knows what he’s going to catch.” Isabella Rossellini
“When you’re an artist, you pick up on certain things that are in the air. You just feel it. It’s not like you’re sitting down, thinking, “What can I do to really mess things up?” You’re getting ideas, and then the ideas feed into a story, and the story takes shape.” David Lynch
Lynch first trained as a painter, and although he is now better known as a filmmaker, he has also produced much painting work. Lynch has stated that “all my paintings are organic, violent comedies. They have to be violently done and primitive and crude, and to achieve that I try to let nature paint more than I paint.”Many of his works are very dark in colour, and Lynch has described this as being because “I wouldn’t know what to do with [colour]. Colour to me is too real. It’s limiting. It doesn’t allow too much of a dream. The more you throw black into a colour, the more dreamy it gets… Black has depth
Between 1983 and 1992, Lynch wrote and drew a weekly comic strip called “The Angriest Dog in the World” for the L.A. Reader.
Lynch has also been involved in a number of music projects, many of them related to his films. Most notably he produced and wrote lyrics for Julee Cruise‘s first two albums, Floating into the Night (1989) and The Voice of Love (1993), in collaboration with Angelo Badalamenti who composed the music and also produced
He released two electro pop music singles, “Good Day Today” and “I Know”, through the independent British label Sunday Best Recordings.
On September 29, 2011, Lynch released “This Train” with vocalist and long-time musical collaborator Chrysta Bell on the La Rose Noire label
In April 1997 he presented a furniture collection at the prestigious Milan Furniture Fair in Italy. “Design and music, art and architecture – they all belong together.”
“I don’t think that people accept the fact that life doesn’t make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it. David Lynch