The Strange World Of David Lynch


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Anyone who has sat through the dark and grainy world of Eraserhead knows that David Lynchs fi lms pull us into a strange world where reality turns upside down and sideways. His fi lms are carnivals that allow us to transcend our ordinary lives and to reverse the meanings we live with in our daily lives. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than in the opening scene of Blue Velvet when our worlds are literally turned on their ears. Lynch endlessly vacillates between Hollywood conventions and avant-garde experimentation, placing viewers in the awkward position of not knowing when the image is serious and when its in jest, when meaning is lucid or when its lost. His vexed style in this way places form and content in a perpetually self-consuming dialogue. But what do Lynchs fi lms have to do with religion? Wilson aims to answer that question in his new book, The Strange World of David Lynch. To say that irony (especially of the kind found in Lynchs fi lms) generates religious experience is to suggest religious can be founded on nihilism. Moreover, in claiming Lynchs fi lms are religious, one must assume that extremely violent and lurid sexual films are somehow expressions of energies of peace, tranquility, and love. Wilson illuminates not only Lynchs fi lm but also the study of religion and fi lm by showing that the most profound cinematic experiences of religion have very little to do with traditional belief systems. His book offers fresh ways of connecting the cinematic image to the sacred experience.

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