David Lynch is one of the most influential and celebrated filmmakers of all time. His works have continually challenged, puzzled, and excited audiences, from the bizarre Midnight Movie Eraserhead to Mulholland Drive, the “greatest film of the 21st century” (BBC Culture, 2019).
This one-day course will examine Lynch’s works from the late 1970s to now via several different frameworks: style, ideology, postmodernism, genre, narrative, duality, and feminist theory. The course will offer a critical insight to Lynch’s works for both Lynch fans and for those unfamiliar with his filmography.
11.30am – 12pm – Intro, ice breaker, Lynch’s early life
12pm – 12.30pm – Eraserhead, Art Cinema and Surrealism
12.30pm – 1pm – The Elephant Man, Dune and Auteur Theory
1pm – 1.45pm – Postmodernism and ideology: Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart
1.45pm – 2.30pm – LUNCH
2.35pm – 3.20pm – Narrative and Duality: Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive
3.20pm – 4pm – Inland Empire: digital filmmaking; the "woman in trouble" narrative and feminist theory (including Mulholland Drive)
4pm – 4.50pm – Twin Peaks Universe: surreal TV; controversy; metatextuality
4.50pm – 5pm – Closing remarks, final questions / comments
This course will be delivered in person at Phoenix.