Restored David Lynch classics
Three films by 'master of weird' David Lynch can be seen in a brand new digital restoration. From November 29, Eye will release three digitally restored David Lynch classics in the national cinemas: Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway and The Elephant Man.
The screenings coincide with David Lynch's exhibition Someone is in my House at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht from 30 November.
mulholland drive (2001)
In the trippy Mulholland Drive, a naive young blonde woman (Naomi Watts) arrives in the big city hoping to break through as an actress. She meets a brunette (Laura Harring) who seems to have lost her memory, and, under the care of a filmmaker, gets caught in a web of semi-criminal film moguls.
Slowly, the two Hollywood archetypes (blonde and brunette) lose their grip on themselves, reality and their dreams, the question being what reality actually means in a city that produces professional dreams for the silver screen.
Lynch treats us to a perception of reality that is disruptive of space and time, with mood-matching music by Angelo Badalamenti. Lynch's mix of film-noir-in-colour, romantic crime story and Brechtian exploration of Verfremdung, sex and suspense won the prize for Best Director in Cannes.
lost highway (1997)
In David Lynch's sultry Lost Highway, reality gets horribly muddled with fantasy? Take a dark journey along the lost highway, with identity changes as a guide.
'Film noir to the max': Lost Highway is the adaptation of Robert Aldrich's noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, but with even more fatal women and mysterious events than the original. Lynch described his narrative about an adulterous jazz musician (Bill Pullman) suspected of murdering his wife as a 'compelling investigation into parallel identity crises in a world in which the notion of time has become dangerously out of control'. Besides Pullman, you can also see Patricia Arquette and former Black Flag punk singer Henry Rollins in a supporting role.
the elephant man (1980)
John Hurt delivers an impressive performance in David Lynch's tale of the Elephant Man John Merrick, a seemingly monstrous creature that proves surprisingly eloquent and sensitive. Lynch provided the story with an ominous, oppressive atmosphere. The Elephant Man received no fewer than eight Oscar nominations.
Cameraman Freddie Francis brought Victorian London to life with gas light and in black and white. Actors Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud did the same with their exceptional performances.
Merrick (Hurt) is put on display at the fair as the man with the elephant head, a fear-inspiring creature. When the young doctor Frederick Treves (Hopkins) takes him for medical examination, he is in for a surprise. Merrick is not a monster, but an intelligent and sensitive man who likes to keep up with society dames and quotes without hesitation from the Psalms and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
The exhibition Someone is in my House by David Lynch is at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht from November 30 2018, through April 28 2019. For more information: bonnefanten.nl
Parallel to the exhibition, Lumière Cinema in Maastricht will be presenting a complete film retrospective on the films and lives of David Lynch from November 30 2018, through April 28 2019, with film screenings, documentaries and lectures about the filmmaker. For more information: lumiere.nl/reeksen/david-lynch