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The Short Films of David Lynch

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SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH
David Lynch

Collection of highly sourght-after David Lynch shorts, including his first works.

A must-see for fans of the legendary filmmaker David Lynch, this collecton features six short films from the master of the macabre. Spanning the director's career, from early experiments to more fully realized visions, this disc contains the shorts "Six Men Getting Sick", "The Alphabet", "The Grandmother" "The Amputee", The Cowboy and the Frenchman" and "Lumiere". Each film is preceded by an introduction from the director.


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  • Actors: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick, Jeffe Alperi
  • Directors: David Lynch
  • Writers: David Lynch
  • Producers: David Lynch, Arash Ayrom, H. Barton Wasserman
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Absurda/Ryko
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQM2WQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,473 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Short Films of David Lynch" on IMDb

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By Garry Messick on December 16, 2005
Format: DVD
This collection of David Lynch's short films was originally only available through his Web site. This new edition is reportedly the same disc with different packaging (it lacks the oversized box and booklet of the first version), but it's considerably cheaper. You can watch each film with or without an introduction by Lynch. The films are:

SIX MEN GETTING SICK - This animated one-minute movie was Lynch's very first film. It was originally part of a multi-media piece and was projected over a sculpture on a continuously running loop. The title is an accurate description of the film, as several human heads become inflamed, catch fire, and vomit copiously. It's worth noting that, while 99.9% of movie directors become filmmakers because they're into films, Lynch came to filmmaking purely as an extension of his painting, and was never a movie buff. I think that simple fact goes a long way in explaining Lynch's originality as a director.

THE ALPHABET - A combination of animation and live action, this approximately 5-minute film is "about the fear of learning," according to Lynch. The soundtrack consists of children repeatedly chanting the alphabet, while animated letters seem to excrete and procreate and a woman in white-face cowers in a bed and eventually vomits blood (vomiting figures strongly in Lynch's early film work). It's a concentrated and eerie piece of surrealism.

THE GRANDMOTHER - A lonely, abused boy grows a grandmother from a seed in this, Lynch's first attempt at narrative (of a sort). There's some animation, but live action dominates. It's crudely made in comparison to his first feature, Eraserhead, but it's clearly the product of the same singular artistic vision.
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What is it about old short films with grain, textures, and lo-fi sounds that make it so haunting?

I've never quite been able to state whether I love David Lynch's work or hate it. But I can't deny that he's always been intriguing. These films are quite frightening and yes, of course they're bizarre and strange. As I mentioned, the textures, the contrast, the audio, the characters and stories... all the elements combine to produce some really amazing and beautiful work. You'll get basically nothing as far as the traditional narrative here, but there is so much more to work with. If you're familiar at all with the Brothers Quay, this would be a definite buy for you.

Of the Lynch features I've seen, I'd probably say that "Eraserhead" and "Inland Empire" are the most comparable to the short films on this disc. Take it for what it's worth, could be good or bad. I think that his early work embraces the experimental, and he capitalizes on the fact he is working with a short film, not a feature. I really love these pieces, having previously only seen "Luminere"

I will assume that most people at least have some idea of what David Lynch can be like... so take that into account if buying this collection. I think the films are great, but they're definitely not for everybody. One huge attribute to this collection is the short intros given by the director before each film (option to watch with or without)

& Peggy singing the alphabet is going to give me nightmares for weeks.
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Some of the films had interesting moments that I enjoyed, and I can see how this would complete the collection of any hardcore Lynch fan, but personally I was disinterested in the shorts. I'm sticking with his feature films.
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The films themselves are simple, odd and fun to watch; but the commentary by David Lynch is amaaaaaaaazing. Slow and intensely weird while at the same time, somehow, warm and educational. Lynch doesn't hold back about his beginnings, rambling on in his nostalgia. He's one of those people who make you think, "How can he be so serious about what he does?" And then, you realize, you've just been thoroughly entertained.
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This is some pretty cool stuff by David Lynch. While I haven't been able to see Blue Velvet (already a contender to be one of my favorite movies, but I have to see it) or Eraserhead, well no matter. I have no clue about weird film directors besides Lynch, but matter not. It's some cool watching.

The short films on here are pretty great, and the Grandmother, The Alphabet (that one rules) and the six men getting sick are worth the price alone. David Lynch gives some great tricks.. I love his live action shooting in this one. It's extremely dark and his lighting is totally weird. Just check out the Grandmother, with Matt (well, that's what the parents yell, one of the only lines in the whole movie) and his creepy room, a weird looking bed in a black backdrop. Pretty cool. The Alphabet has some sinister looking faces, and is supposed to be about the life cycle (and was inspired when someone he knew was saying the alphabet in a tormented way) David Lynch does some great introductions as well. Great acting, really, just some cool stuff.

It's a great DVD. This one is just worth seeing just to see it's many cool images. A must watch, maybe not a must own, but a must watch.
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