David Lynch has always been a filmmaker that has polarized critics and moviegoers alike. From his early days on the black and white Eraserhead and his public battle over the theatrical release of Dune, Lynch has never been one to bow to the pressures of mainstream cinema.
His foray into television with Twin Peaks in the early 90s changed the TV landscape and while it was cancelled after a mere two seasons few viewers will ever forget just who killed Laura Palmer. After a brief stintin G rated family cinema with The Straight Story, Lynch once again turned his sights to the absurd with the dreamlike Mulholland Drive and the mysterious INLAND EMPIRE an experiment in digital cinema deemed by Lynch himself to be non-commercial which he bought back and subsequently released himself. Whatever you may think of Lynch, be it genius or nutcase, there's no doubting the fascination caused by viewing one of his movies.
Hot on the heels of not only one but two sold out runs of INLAND EMPIRE at the Vancity Theatre, Vancouver Lynch fans once again get to see his work on the big screen as the newly renovated Pacific Cinematheque presents David Lynch : Then, Now and Then Somea retrospective of Lynch's early work including a new 35mm print of Eraserhead and the Canadian premiere of Lynch One, a documentary by the anonymous director blackandwhite looking back at the making of INLAND EMPIRE and at some of Lynch's other interests including Transcendental Meditation and photography, as well as a look at his early days in Philadelphia.
Running November 9th-19th at the Pacific Cinematheque at 1131 Howe Street, showtimes for the series vary day by day. More information as well as ticket sales (both single and double bill) on the retrospective series can be found online at the Pacific Cinematheque website at https://www.cinematheque.bc.ca/. Also be sure to check back this weekend for a review of Lynch One.
Mark McLeod has always loved film. In addition to his roles with ShowbizMonkeys.com, Mark also works on many film promotion projects in Vancouver, BC, through his company, Mark McLeod PR.