David Lynch

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David Lynch

David Lynch in April 2009
Born David Keith Lynch
January 20, 1946 (1946-01-20) (age 68)

Missoula, Montana, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Alma mater Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, AFI Conservatory
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer, painter, musician
Years active 1966–present
Notable works Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, Eraserhead
Style Nonlinear, psychological, neo-noir, surrealistic, horror
Influenced by Franz Kafka, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Stanley Kubrick, Nicolas Roeg, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Werner Herzog, Luis Buñuel, Billy Wilder, Jacques Tati, Ingmar Bergman, Roman Polanski, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kenneth Anger, Maya Deren, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock,
Influenced Stanley Kubrick, Coen brothers,[1] Quentin Tarantino,[1] Darren Aronofsky, Jonathan Caouette, Adam Goldberg, Greg Harrison, Martin McDonagh, Jhonen Vasquez, Lars von Trier
Home town Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Washington, D.C.
Religion none[2]
Spouse Peggy Lentz (1967–1974)
Mary Fisk (1977–1987)
Mary Sweeney (2006)
Emily Stofle (2009–present)
Partner Isabella Rossellini (1986–1991)
Parents Donald Walton Lynch,
Edwina (nee Sundholm)

David Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American independent movie director. His movies include Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man and Mulholland Drive. He was also responsible for a television series called Twin Peaks, his overall most famous work. Eraserhead, his first movie, is still his most famous theatrical movie. It was recently deemed socially important by the United States Library of Congress. He has done much work with Jack Nance, who has appeared been in all but two of his movies. He has said that all his movies will be done using digital video from now on.

He is also famous for his early short movies. The Alphabet and The Grandmother are two of his most famous. The Alphabet is about fear of education. The Grandmother is about a lonely boy who grows a grandmother like a plant from a seed.

Over his career, Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations[3] for Best Director and a nomination for best screenplay. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

Singles[change | change source]

  • "Ghost of Love" (2007)
  • "Good Day Today" / "I Know" (2010)

Filmography[change | change source]

Features[change | change source]

Year Movie Oscars BAFTA Golden Globe Cannes Film Festival
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1977 Eraserhead
1980 The Elephant Man 8 7 3 4
1984 Dune 1
1986 Blue Velvet 1 2
1990 Wild at Heart 1 1 1 Palme d'Or Palme d'Or
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
1997 Lost Highway
1999 The Straight Story 1 2 Palme d'Or
2001 Mulholland Drive 1 2 1 4 Palme d'Or Best Director
2006 Inland Empire

Short movies[change | change source]

Year Movie DVD availability Blu-ray availability
1966 Six Men Getting Sick The Short Films of David Lynch Eraserhead Blu-ray
1967 Absurd Encounter with Fear The Lime Green Set
1967 Fictitious Anacin Commercial The Lime Green Set
1968 The Alphabet The Short Films of David Lynch Eraserhead Blu-ray
1970 The Grandmother The Short Films of David Lynch Wild at Heart Blu-ray
1974 The Amputee The Short Films of David Lynch Eraserhead Blu-ray
1988 The Cowboy and the Frenchman The Short Films of David Lynch
1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1 The Lime Green Set
1995 Premonition Following An Evil Deed The Short Films of David Lynch Wild at Heart Blu-ray
2002 Darkened Room Dynamic 1 Lost Highway Blu-ray
2002 Dumbland Wild at Heart Blu-ray
2006 Ballerina Extra on Inland Empire DVD
2007 Absurda
2007 Boat Dynamic 1 Lost Highway Blu-ray
2007 Bug Crawls Dynamic 1 Lost Highway Blu-ray
2007 Industrial Soundscape Dynamic 1
2007 Lamp Dynamic 1
2007 Out Yonder Neighbor Boy Dynamic 1
2007 Intervalometer Experiments Dynamic 1
2008 Scissors The Lime Green Set
2010 Lady Blue Shanghai
2011 The 3 Rs Viennale's website[4]

Television series[change | change source]

Year Series Episodes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks 30
1992 On the Air 7
1993 Hotel Room 3
2012 Louie 2

Online series[change | change source]

Year Series Episodes Available on DVD
2002 Rabbits 8 The Lime Green Set DVD
2002 Dumbland 8 The Lime Green Set DVD
Out Yonder The Lime Green Set DVD
2009 Interview Project

Music videos[change | change source]

Year Song Musician
1990 "Wicked Game" (film version) Chris Isaak
1999 "Thank You Judge" David Lynch
1995 "Longing" X Japan
2009 "Shot in the Back of the Head" Moby
2010 "I Touch A Red Button Man" Interpol
2011 "Crazy Clown Time" David Lynch

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Academy Awards:

  • 1980: Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (The Elephant Man, nominated)
  • 1987: Best Director (Blue Velvet, nominated)
  • 2002: Best Director (Mulholland Dr., nominated)

BAFTA Awards:

  • 1981: Best Direction (The Elephant Man, nominated)
  • 1981: Best Screenplay (The Elephant Man, nominated)

Cannes Film Festival:

  • 1990: Golden Palm (Wild at Heart, won)
  • 1992: Golden Palm (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, nominated)
  • 1999: Golden Palm (The Straight Story, nominated)
  • 2001: Best Director (Mulholland Dr., won Tied with Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There)
  • 2001: Golden Palm (Mulholland Dr., nominated)

DGA Award:

  • 1981: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (The Elephant Man, nominated)

Emmy Awards:

  • 1990: Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music (Twin Peaks, nominated)
  • 1990: Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics (Twin Peaks for the song "Into the Night", nominated)
  • 1990: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series (Twin Peaks for the pilot episode, nominated)
  • 1990: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Twin Peaks for the pilot episode, nominated)
  • 1990: Outstanding Drama Series (Twin Peaks)

Golden Globes:

  • 1980: Best Director (The Elephant Man, nominated)
  • 1987: Best Screenplay (Blue Velvet, nominated)
  • 2002: Best Director (Mulholland Dr., nominated)
  • 2002: Best Screenplay (Mulholland Dr., nominated)

Independent Spirit Awards:

  • 1987: Best Director (Blue Velvet, nominated)
  • 1987: Best Screenplay (Blue Velvet, nominated)
  • 2000: Best Director (The Straight Story, nominated)
  • 2007: Special Distinction Award (Shared with Laura Dern for their collaborative work, won)

Saturn Awards:

  • 1993: Best Writing (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, nominated)
  • 1993: Life Career Award (won)
  • 2002: Best Director (Mulholland Dr., nominated)

Venice Film Festival:

  • 2006: Future Film Festival Digital Award (Inland Empire won)
  • 2006: Career Golden Lion (won)

WGA Award:

  • 1981: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (The Elephant Man, nominated)
  • 1987: Best Original Screenplay (Blue Velvet, nominated)

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 David Foster Wallace (2011). "David Lynch's Influence on 1990s Filmmakers According to the Late David Foster Wallace.". BLOGGGGGGGG!. Google, Inc. http://blog.ahfr.org/2009/07/excerpt-from-david-forster-wallaces.htm. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  2. Falsani, Cathleen (January 16, 2005). "Lynch: ‘Bliss is our nature’". Chicago Sun-Times. "Lynch says while he adheres to no particular religion himself, he respects all religions."
  3. charitybuzz (2012). "Have 3-Time Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker David Lynch Review Your Screenplay in LA". charitybuzz. Charitybuzz Inc. http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/DavidLynchFoundation/catalog_items/311513. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  4. "Trailer 2011". Viennale. http://www.viennale.at/en/preview_11/trailer/. Retrieved October 28, 2011.