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David Lynch: Beautiful Dark (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series) Hardcover – September 28, 2008
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With unprecedented access to Lynch, his parents, family, and colleagues, Olson has captured and defined the raw, mysterious energy that flows through the works of this iconoclastic auteur. (Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie, February 2009)
Olson's comprehensive biography of this highly original filmmaker contains a wealth of information, much of it previously unpublished. (CHOICE, June 2009)
Simply put, the book, "Beautiful Dark" by Greg Olsen is a work of art...The one thing that hits you about this book is the amount of passion that Olsen has put into his work....Olsen covers nearly every imaginable work that Lynch has ever done to date and does so with great enthusiasm and passion. He insightfully moves between Lynch's works with a precision that is both refreshing and exhaustive at the same time. The result is a chance between two worlds...into a place where no one has gone before....So if you were hesitating picking this one up, as Coop would say, "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present..." And grab this book today! (Brian Kursar Dugpa.Com, 10/4/08)
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The one thing that hits you about this book is the amount of passion that Olson has put into this work. From the first page, Olson brings the reader into the personal world of David Lynch. Through interviews and conversations with Lynch, his family members, close friends, romantic partners, and professional colleagues, the result is an unprecedented, up close and personal view of Lynch's life that has never been seen before.
Olson crafts this work in a beautiful narrative that places the reader right up there with Lynch as he grows up and discovers art, film, music, life, and love. You are there beside Lynch through his relationships with his romantic partners, through his hardships, his pain, and his victories. At the same time, having written this book over the course of 10 years, Olson weaves seamlessly to narrate back to the perspective of a onlooker, detailing what it was like during various times over the years of how the public and media were reacting to Lynch's work, and what it was like to be alive and experiencing Lynch's work as it was happening.
Olson covers nearly every imaginable work that Lynch has ever done to date and does so with great enthusiasm and passion.Read more ›
I've always wanted someone to tell me what they think, of what I saw, and this guy does it with elan. He goes through and, though maybe he just says his point of view, but for me, it explains a lot about the films I've seen, which, until now; a lot of them have been opaque. And, if you like a little mystery revealed, it is not so good. It's quite painful in fact. There's pain of course here, in learning of the lives of Lynch and his family and family of friends and co-conspirators, but plenty of pleasure as well. By the end of this heavy and very long (Almost 700 pages! Which read fast.) you sure wish like anything you too could write; or paint, or dream on canvas; and produce so much work that people got into it as much as you do.
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Okay, onto this book. Picked this up at my local library and first off was a little surprised at the heft of this. I mean David Lynch hasn't really made that many films. What I found out was the reason for the extreme length is the author's downright ridiculous detail of all the movie plots. I would enjoy hearing about how Lynch came up w/ his screenplays and the process of filming, but not a play by play of each scene. On the other hand, Greg Olson does shed some light (no!) on "Mulholland Drive," which was a very opaque movie. I saw the film after reading the raves, but damn if I didn't have a clue what was going on. And, as par for the course w/ Lynch, this film moves at what seems a snail's pace. It drove me crazy. Actor Naomi Watts contributes here about her experience on the film and what just might be the role of her career.
No discussion of Lynch would be complete w/o including Lynch's piece de resistance, "Blue Velvet.Read more ›
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Endlessly redundant and hagiographic, but I finished it. Lots of great tidbits and anecdotes.
Was disappointed that "Vertigo" wasn't mentioned in the... Read more
Greg Olson has been showing films for the Seattle Art Musem Series for about thirty years. He knows the world of films like no other. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Jan Baross
This is truly a brilliant work that in my mind is essential reading for David Lynch fans. There is so much beauty packed into Lynch's work and Greg Olson does as good a job as... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Eddie Haskell
This book provides in depth analysis of Lynch's work and not a great deal about
There are all ready a number of books that deconstruct is work if that is what... Read more