David Lynch

David Lynch

The Art Life

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | Blu-ray edition
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A portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles, in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2017]
Edition: Blu-ray edition
ISBN: 9781681433592
Characteristics: video file,Blu-Ray,region A
digital,optical,surround,DTS-HD MA 5.1
1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Art life
Summary: A portrait of the artist, as well as an intimate encounter with the man himself. From the privacy of his home and painting studio in the Hollywood Hills, a candid Lynch conjures people and places from his past, from his boyhood in Idaho and Virginia to his experiences at art school in Boston and Philadelphia to the beginnings of his filmmaking career in Los Angeles, in stories that unfold like scenes from his movies.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 05, 2018

Even if you have never seen a film or television show by David Lynch, you probably have an idea about his work. He's one of the most distinctive and iconoclastic of contemporary filmmakers and, as far as I know, the only living director whose name has become an adjective: Lynchian. For all the surrealism, violence, darkness, and strangeness in his work, he's always had a somewhat nice guy (if eccentric), buttoned down persona. This documentary consists of him in his house/studio talking about his life and work. For those looking for insights into his films, well, he really only talks about his debut "Eraserhead." Even if you're a casual fan, this is a rare look into a fascinating mind and creative process. Consider pairing it with the new season of "Twin Peaks."

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nidus
Feb 17, 2018

A rare insight into one of the countries most important artist. I must have see Eraserhead about 20 times when it first came out.

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TheeAvebury
Jan 04, 2018

Documentary about the life of David Lynch from his upbringing to his development as an artist and how he got involved in filmmaking. The film culminates to the work he did on his first feature film, Eraserhead. The film is narrated entirely by Lynch and the visuals are comprised of contemporary footage of him working in his studio as well as home videos and film footage, stock photography and clips from his work. This is an excellent piece for the artist who is on their journey of self-discovery and might want some perspective and of course a must-see for the average David Lynch fan. Never give up and be yourself! There's no room for imitation!

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andreajesse
Dec 17, 2017

If you are a super-fan of David Lynch, then this is your cup of tea. For the rest of us, it's a bit like watching paint dry on his strange finger-painted paintings. We watch him paint as he tells us the rather mundane story of his life. There are a lot of photos and home movies from his childhood which is nice. The only real dramatic moment is when he starts to tell us something horrible that happened in the house next door (at the Smith's house), but then he stops himself and says he can't tell the story. It reminded me of 'Twin Peaks' during the first go-around when things went off the rails after following a detectable if odd narrative. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate the genre he has carved out for himself. It's just that sometimes I find it rather self-indulgent.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 10, 2017

This is a MUST WATCH film for any David Lynch fan, and/or artist who appreciates the process of creation.

LPL_IlkaI Oct 16, 2017

You don't have to be a fan of David Lynch to enjoy this film, however, when you watch this, well, you may become one. I've been an avid, longtime admirer of his work and even I didn't know what to expect going into this. Typically reserved, almost to the point of enigma, Lynch appears gladly forthcoming and almost candid in this rare portrayal. The Art Life, filmed over several years, begins with his upbringing in Montana through to his cult hit, Eraserhead. Interspersed with Lynch's own paintings, his creative process, and soundtracked by music he himself created. It's just brilliant!

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