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You know David Lynch as the director of terminally weird movies such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Wild at Heart, as well as the bizarre and highly influential television series Twin Peaks. But did you know that it was Mel Brooks who gave him his first big break? That the idea for Blue Velvet grew out of a fantasy Lynch had about sneaking into a private room and learning the secret to a murder mystery? That Twin Peaks came about because co-creator Mark Frost was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe?

In Lynch on Lynch, a 250-page interview book, editor Chris Rodley does a superb job of getting Lynch to talk at length about the high and low points of his life and career. Their conversation covers his early work as a painter through the making of his major films of the 1980s, the fiasco of Dune ("It is what it is."), and the recent and very obscure Lost Highway ("I just *loved* this title.").

Lynch is particularly interesting when he talks about the creative process: "I don't want to give the impression that I sit around thinking up horrible things. I get all kinds of different ideas and feelings. If I'm lucky, they start organizing themselves into a story--then maybe some ideas come along that are too eerie, too violent, or too funny, and they don't fit that story. So you write them down and save them for two or three projects down the road. There's nowhere you can't go in a film--if you think of it, you can go there." Lynch on Lynch is a treat for Lynch fans of all shapes, sizes, and fetishes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris Rodley is also the editor of Cronenberg on Cronenberg.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Revised edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571220185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571220182
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Terrence A. VINE VOICE on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book written by Chris Rodley that is basically a series of interviews with living legend David Lynch. If you're not into Lynch or his movies at all, I doubt you'll find anything insightful in here but if you appreciate the man at all, this is definitely a must read. It covers a lot of ground on his upbringing, film and art projects. What makes this book such a good read is that Rodley asks great questions to which Lynch answers in a very entertaining fashion. Reading this is probably the closest thing to actually speaking to him and he has an incredible, warm personality. While he doesn't give up his secrets too readily, he does share personal opinions on art in general (film, painting, photography, etc.) and what makes art powerful. He offers invaluable insight on the filmmaking process and some details on what it took to get his films made. He talks about his successes and debacles with equal parts candidness as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Lynch and anyone who digs offbeat filmmakers.

(NOTE: Make sure that if you pick this up, you get the edition that has been revised and updated to include "Mulholland Drive")
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2006
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In this revised edition of "Lynch on Lynch", two new sections have been added: one on the Straight Story and one on Mulholland Drive. As with the rest of the book the updated sections consist of Chris Rodley interviewing David Lynch. While some of the dialogue does become a bit repetitive, the questions really are well posed. In his answers Lynch gives a glimpse of his creative process and more; for example, he discusses the links between Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive, talks about both his frustration with the TV medium and his attraction to it, as well as divulging more about his partnership with composer, Angelo Badalamenti (one of the most productive relationships between director and composer since Fellini and Nino Rota). Black and white photographs from sets are also included throughout.

Considering the book in its entirety, it is a very comprehensive work, covering everything from the aforementioned material to Lynch's childhood, his early work in painting and the first experimental films he directed. This book is still THE one to get for fans of David Lynch. Reading it one comes away with the sense of having actually met and talked with the man himself -- none of the other books on Lynch really capture this feeling.

Those who already own the old version of the book may want to think twice about purchasing the revised edition. The sections added are not all that lengthy and much of the material has already been discussed elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By reasoncat7@aol.com on December 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
LOVED IT! If you are an artist no matter what medium, this book unravels more inspirations than your mind can possibly hold. David Lynch, known for his inability to express himself in words, ironically sends tantilizing pieces emerging into (in my mind) a complete puzzle. The essence of a great artist. Doesn't matter if your style differs from his, its a fundamental uniform feeling we tend to forget. Simplicity is good. Recommendation: Read this book slowly...what's the rush?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Flannery on August 14, 2002
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Like the rest in this series, "Lynch on Lynch" is a collection of transcripts from interviews between Rodley and Lynch. Anyone who knows Lynch, would know that he doesn't like to reval too much about his films, so don't expect to have your questions answered. Certainly not a cheaters guide to understanding his films, but does give some insights. Not enough biographical info. Very little about Twin Peaks and Fire Walk With Me. The book ends with "Lost Highway", so no "Mulholland Drive" however you can see where lost ideas from past films have been resurrected. Interesting read for true Lynchians.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KSG on August 28, 2002
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A fascinating read. In these extensive interviews, David Lynch tells of his journey from painting student to filmaker. He refuses to interpret his films, as he believes this strips them of their power. He reveals a lot of personal stuff like his fascination with piles of dirt and his obsession with building sheds out of found wood. Through his revelations you become acquainted with the motifs that drive him on. I especially enjoyed his explanations of his urban fears and how they transform themselves from city to city.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wim Jongedijk(wimstra@cable.a2000.nl on July 8, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a beginning filmmaker I am totally not interested in academic analysis about the films of David Lynch. Most books I read about Lynch before this one, were like that. This book with interviews gave me an insight in the personal drive (to which I can relate very much) behind his ideas for his films and the concrete circumstances under which they were made. I found it very inspiring to read, anecdotal warm and funny and I'm thankful to Lynch and the editor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Hicks on December 23, 2000
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This book is absolutely wonderful! Yeah, there's not many pictures in it, but if you're looking for a picture book, then you will want to try and nab a copy of Lynch's book "Images", which features pretty much every piece of art Lynch has ever done. Anyway, Lynch on Lynch isn't about the pictures. It's about the man behind them. Although I agree that the interviewer tends to get a tad annoying at times, with his obvious lack of true Lynch understanding. But David Lynch is a very intelligent, warm, fun person whose personality comes through in every page of the book. The book is wonderfully separated into chapters based on the different segments of Lynch's life and career...from his childhood all the way to Lost Highway, each chapter spends a good 20-30 pages dealing specifically with each area. There is also a wonderful filmography at the end. This book is a must-read for any Lynch fan who has more than a passing interest in the man behind the movies and tv shows that have forever changed the way we view life.
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