Any David Lynch film can be difficult to wrap your head around, but to cram the documentary Lynch (one) (2007), Inland Empire (2006), The Short Films of David Lynch (2002), and Eraserhead (1977) into a single package like the David Lynch Marathon is downright diabolical, and we couldn't be more delighted. We were so thrilled to hear the news, in fact, that we slipped into our old prom dress, masturbated with a shoehorn, and chain-smoked black-velvet paintings. Very Lynchian.
As is Eraserhead. Lynch has said that the film was inspired by the city of Philadelphia. Filmed in the stables of a 55-room mansion in Los Angeles when he was a student, it took five years to finish. Thankfully, independent film legend Ben Barenholtz got Lynch his first screening at the Los Angeles Film Ex in the late 1970s, and the rest is midnight-movie history. We dig the quote-unquote mainstream films, but this is the worm-turner that wrought the madness.
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April 18-20, 2008