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David Lynch

Birthdate: 20. January 1946
Other names: დევიდ ლინჩი

David Keith Lynch is an American director, screenwriter, producer, painter, musician, actor, and photographer. He has been described by The Guardian as "the most important director of this era". AllMovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", while the success of his films has led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist".

Born to a middle-class family in Missoula, Montana, Lynch spent his childhood traveling around the United States, before going on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. He moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror film Eraserhead . After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct a biographical film about a deformed man, Joseph Merrick, titled The Elephant Man , from which he gained mainstream success. He was then employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group and proceeded to make two films: the science-fiction epic Dune , which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film Blue Velvet , which stirred controversy over its violence but grew in critical reputation later on.

Next, Lynch created his own television series with Mark Frost, the popular murder mystery Twin Peaks . He also created a cinematic prequel, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me , a road movie Wild at Heart and a family film The Straight Story in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his subsequent films operated on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures: the psychological thriller Lost Highway , the neo-noir "love story" Mulholland Drive and the fragmented mystery film Inland Empire . Meanwhile, Lynch embraced the Internet as a medium, producing several web-based shows, such as the animated DumbLand and the surreal sitcom Rabbits . Lynch and Frost reunited for the Showtime limited series Twin Peaks: The Return , with Lynch co-writing and directing every episode.

Other endeavours of his include: his work as a musician, having released two solo albums—Crazy Clown Time and The Big Dream —and music for a variety of his films, including "Ghost of Love" for Inland Empire; the David Lynch Foundation, which he founded to fund the teaching of Transcendental Meditation in schools; painting and photography; writing two books—Images and Catching the Big Fish ; and directing several music videos and advertisements, including the Dior promotional film Lady Blue Shanghai .

Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director and a nomination for best screenplay. He has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007. Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive are widely considered by critics to be among the greatest films of their respective decades.

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„Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.“

—  David Lynch

Introduction, p. 1
Catching the Big Fish (2006)
Source: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Context: Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.
Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

„My cow is not pretty, but it's pretty to me.“

—  David Lynch

About his contribution to CowParade New York 2000, " Eat My Fear http://davidlynch.de/eatmyfear.html", which was pulled after 2 hours, quoted in The New Yorker, Volume 76, p. 62 https://books.google.com/books?id=3rYeAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22my+cow+is+not+pretty%22

„There's always fear of the unknown where there's mystery.“

—  David Lynch

McKenna interview (1992)
Context: There's always fear of the unknown where there's mystery. It's possible to achieve a state where you realize the truth of life and fear disappears, and a lot of people have reached that state, but next to none of them are on Earth. There's probably a few.

„I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable.“

—  David Lynch

As quoted in My Love Affair with David Lynch and Peachy Like Nietzsche: Dark Clown Porn Snuff for Terrorists and Gorefiends (2005) by Jason Rogers, p. 7
Context: I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.

„We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination.“

—  David Lynch

McKenna interview (1992)
Context: I love child things because there's so much mystery when you're a child. When you're a child, something as simple as a tree doesn't make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow — you haven't got a handle on the rules when you're a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination.

„When you're an artist, you pick up on certain things that are in the air.“

—  David Lynch

As quoted in "Lost Highway" interview by Mikal Gilmore in Rolling Stone magazine (6 March 1997) http://www.lynchnet.com/lh/lhrs1.html
Context: When you're an artist, you pick up on certain things that are in the air. You just feel it. It's not like you're sitting down, thinking, "What can I do to really mess things up?" You're getting ideas, and then the ideas feed into a story, and the story takes shape. And if you're honest about it and you're thinking about characters and what they do, you now see that your ideas are about trouble. You're feeling more depth, and you're describing something that is going on in some way.

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