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"This is the best book on David Lynch that has yet been published. Nochimson's book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary cinema." -Brian Henderson, Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo

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This is the best book on David Lynch that has yet been published. Nochimson's book is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary cinema. (Brian Henderson, Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292755651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292755659
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2000
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This book shows how clueless some of Lynch's interpreters have been (and still are!). If you want to "decode" Twin Peaks or Lost Highway, this book will hold your hand as you let go to 'get it'. The book is as much a corrective lens on the critique of Lynch as the author points out Lynch being towards Hollywood. Hitchcock:Bach::Lynch:Brahms -- not for casual "listening". This book may seem a bit wordy, but it does have a multitude of "points" (another reviewer must have skimmed this book!) : e.g. communities based on masculine control, disallowing feminine influence. The notes themselves offer much needed background.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R E Z on June 20, 2001
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This is one of my favorites. Again, not nearly as personal and spiritually engaging as "Lynch on Lynch", but near the top of the heap. Martha's adoration for Lynch, and her grounding in the worlds of both academic and personal art make for perfect doorways into the dialogue she shares with David. He's the man, and this a unique way to enter the center... As the drapes peel back, and the Francis Bacon book closes, Angelo's music blows saliva bubbles into the air, and a bunch of really nice people smoking American Spirits come ambling up the crooked walkway. They're talking 'bout coffee... They're talking about trees... They're talkin' 'bout art!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nate on February 15, 2000
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This is the best Lynch book, more penetrating than Lynch's own interviews. Nochimson boldly charts the universe of Lynch and gives it both mythological plausability and a solid, coherent locale: the world of visual and audio pop-culture chunks, romantically deteriorated and as intense, wispy, and spectral as cotton candy. One of the best, and most well-documented, works on an auteur since Bogdanovich's work on Hitchcock.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Ho on June 23, 2002
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David Lynch's brilliance as a film-maker lies in his ability to transmit meaning through images rather than dialogue. Consequently, much of the body of his work is very hard to decode conventionally. Nochimson, however, gets around this brilliantly - by incorporating its linguistic indecipherability in her thesis. What she advocates when watching a Lynch movie, then, is a letting go of any hope of finding conventional meaning. Further, she defines such a conceit as inherently masculine - a phallic will-to-control that Lynch decries. Remarkably, this thesis is as equally applicable to Lynch's more mainstream work (e.g. The Elephant Man) as it is to his radical later output (e.g. Wild At Heart). If you want to view David Lynch's films in a radically innovative new light, buy this book today!
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