David Lynch Biography

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences.Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed.Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006).Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.

David Lynch Videos, Video Essays, Interviews, Conversations

David Lynch - The Elusive Subconscious

David Lynch Videos

David Lynch - The Elusive Subconscious

David Lynch - The Elusive Subconscious

Why Mulholland Drive Is The Essential David Lynch Film

Why Mulholland Drive Is The Essential David Lynch Film

David Lynch interview about Creativity, Digital Cinema & more (2008)

David Lynch interview about Creativity, Digital Cinema & more (2008)

Mulholland Drive: How Lynch Manipulates You

Mulholland Drive: How Lynch Manipulates You

David Lynch Filmography

My Beautiful Broken Brain

My Beautiful Broken Brain

Brand: A Second Coming

Brand: A Second Coming

Side by Side

Side by Side

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

David Wants to Fly

David Wants to Fly

Great Directors

Great Directors

Lynch

Lynch

To Each His Own Cinema

To Each His Own Cinema

Inland Empire

Inland Empire

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive

The Straight Story

The Straight Story

Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Lumiere and Company

Lumiere and Company

Nadja

Nadja

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted

Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

Dune

Dune

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Eraserhead

Eraserhead

The Amputee

The Amputee

Director David Lynch's Favourite Films

Stroszek

Stroszek

The Saragossa Manuscript

The Saragossa Manuscript

8 1/2

8 1/2

Lolita

Lolita

The Apartment

The Apartment

Vertigo

Vertigo

Rear Window

Rear Window

Strada, La

Strada, La

M. Hulot’s Holiday

M. Hulot’s Holiday

Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

It's a Gift

It's a Gift