Ok. So last week, I was talking to a new friend, and he just randomly said, "Do you like David Lynch?" And I said, "DO I????" Faster than I could say the word "garmonbozia," David and I had tickets to see the Los Angeles preview screening of David Lynch's new film, Inland Empire, at LACMA. Hoooeeeeeyyy!!!

I was extra excited because The Man Himself was to be there, and he did not disappoint.
He came onstage with a double bass player, and in his wonderful Jimmy Stewart voice, announced that there would be a short improvisation. The dude proceeded to wail on the thing, in typical Lynch-like fashion. Lynch then read a short piece from the Aitareya Upanishad:

We are like the spider.
We weave our life and then move along in it.
We are like the dreamer
who dreams and then lives in the dream.
This is true for the entire universe.

...and with that, we were off into another realm. One in which human-sized rabbits elicited mortal terror, women danced to the locomotion, and the utter fabric of life seemed to unravel into dreamstate. This is not a movie for everyone. It's three hours long, any hoped-for linearity is out the window, and the places we are taken are not on any map. There was a point in the film where I knew I had to decide I was either going to allow this thing to take me all the way, or shut down. I decided to flow with it. Lynch's themes remain the same: woman in trouble, strange dark forces in mundane places, dark hallways, dread, and ultimately beauty, release, redemption.

Laura Dern and Lynch spoke afterwards. Dern did things in this film I had no idea she could do. It's hard to imagine anyone allowing themselves to be open to this kind of process. This film has been called career-defining for her and I can see why. It's a beautiful and brave performance.

Lynch was adorable and funny and engaging and exactly how I'd hoped he'd be. A lot of confused and baffled questions came from the audience as to where the heck he comes up with this stuff or how he translates it to film. He spoke about creating as following The Idea and letting it do the work. His fingers would wave and tingle like energy receptors. He deliberately shot the film in low res digital because he said it reminded him of early 35 mm and the blur on the edge of things that sort of helps your analytical mind to disconnect and project your own ideas into the images.

If you are down for this kind of thing, see it as soon as you can, as he is self-distributing it and there won't be that many prints around. It's worth seeing in the theatre because it's all about sitting in a room and letting the sound design totally disembowel you. Mmmm.


Oh my god, oh my god, please tell us immediately.
tifanie | 12.12.06 - 10:01 pm | #

plus, one cow.

and a high school marching band.
shawn jackson | 12.13.06 - 7:11 pm | #

Holy of holies. You lucky duckie! Damn!
tifanie | 12.13.06 - 10:06 pm | #

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