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David Lynch: Interviews

Edited by Richard A. Barney

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index

9781604732368 Unjacketed cloth $50.00S

9781604732375 Paper $22.00T

Unjacketed cloth, $50.00

Paper, $22.00

"It's a very dangerous thing, this movie business. Because no one will ever know what film could be when a filmmaker has to talk about it and convince people with words."

Few directors in the past three decades have produced movies more compelling, controversial, or confounding than David Lynch (b. 1946). And fewer still have been so reluctant to talk about what they do. In this collection, editor Richard A. Barney has chosen the rare interviews in which Lynch opens up to questions rather than deflecting them. Whether Lynch is talking about his earliest film shorts such as The Grandmother or the break-out surrealist feature Eraserhead, the hit TV series Twin Peaks or his Oscar-nominated The Elephant Man or Blue Velvet or his most recent experimental tours de force, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire, he stresses the power of image and sound to communicate his vision.

David Lynch: Interviews is the first survey of conversations with the director covering the broad spectrum of his artistic activities throughout his career, including filmmaking, painting, music production, and furniture design. It documents the evolution of Lynch's role in discussing his movies, from his self-described "pre-verbal stage" in the early years to his increasingly elaborate, though persistently elusive, articulations. It also registers the intense international interest in Lynch's work, with interviews from French and Spanish sources translated here for the first time.

Richard A. Barney is associate professor of English at the University of Albany, State University of New York, and is the author of Plots of Enlightenment: Education and the Novel in Eighteenth-Century England.

224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index