David Lynch

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences. Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed. Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road ...

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Blue Velvet (1986)

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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

Eraserhead (1978)

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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Jack Nance  •  Charlotte Stewart  •  Allen Joseph  •  Jeanne Bates

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Jack Nance  •  Charlotte Stewart  •  Allen Joseph  •  Jeanne Bates

Mulholland Drive (2001)

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Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Laura Harring  •  Ann Miller  •  Dan Hedaya

Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Laura Harring  •  Ann Miller  •  Dan Hedaya

The Elephant Man (1980)

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A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Anne Bancroft  •  John Gielgud

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Anne Bancroft  •  John Gielgud

Dune (1984)

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

In the year 10,191, the world is at war for control of the desert planet Dune—the only place where the time-travel substance 'Spice' can be found. But when one leader gives up control, it's only so he can stage a coup with some unsavory characters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Francesca Annis  •  Leonardo Cimino  •  Brad Dourif  •  José Ferrer

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, Agent Dale Cooper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Sheryl Lee  •  Moira Kelly  •  Mädchen Amick  •  Phoebe Augustine

Inland Empire (2006)

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An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Justin Theroux  •  Harry Dean Stanton

An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Justin Theroux  •  Harry Dean Stanton

Lost Highway (1997)

A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Patricia Arquette  •  John Roselius  •  Louis Eppolito

A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Bill Pullman  •  Patricia Arquette  •  John Roselius  •  Louis Eppolito

Rabbits (2002)

A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the rabbits also make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Scott Coffey  •  Rebekah Del Rio  •  Laura Harring  •  Naomi Watts

A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the rabbits also make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Scott Coffey  •  Rebekah Del Rio  •  Laura Harring  •  Naomi Watts

The Straight Story (1999)

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A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Richard Farnsworth  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Jane Galloway Heitz  •  Joseph A. Carpenter

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Richard Farnsworth  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Jane Galloway Heitz  •  Joseph A. Carpenter

Wild at Heart (1990)

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After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Laura Dern  •  Willem Dafoe  •  J.E. Freeman

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hitman to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Laura Dern  •  Willem Dafoe  •  J.E. Freeman

Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (1990)

After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Michael J. Anderson  •  Julee Cruise

After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Michael J. Anderson  •  Julee Cruise

The Short Films of David Lynch (2002)

The Short Films of David Lynch (2002) is a DVD collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short work, which are listed in the filmography. The films are listed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  David Lynch  •  Catherine E. Coulson  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Jack Nance

The Short Films of David Lynch (2002) is a DVD collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short work, which are listed in the filmography. The films are listed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  David Lynch  •  Catherine E. Coulson  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Jack Nance

The French as Seen by… (1988)

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebrate the 10 years of the revue. The thematic : The French seen by - The movies have been released for the French revolution bicentenary. Werner Herzog - Les Gaulois ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Werner Herzog  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Andrzej Wajda  •  Luigi Comencini
CAST:  Robyn Sumners  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Frederic Golchan  •  Jack Nance

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebrate the 10 years of the revue. The thematic : The French seen by - The movies have been released for the French revolution bicentenary. Werner Herzog - Les Gaulois ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Werner Herzog  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Andrzej Wajda  •  Luigi Comencini
CAST:  Robyn Sumners  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Frederic Golchan  •  Jack Nance

Darkened Room (2002)

Two young women find themselves in a dark room where there is a distinctly strange feeling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Jordan Ladd  •  Etsuko Shikata  •  Cerina Vincent

Two young women find themselves in a dark room where there is a distinctly strange feeling.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Jordan Ladd  •  Etsuko Shikata  •  Cerina Vincent

Lumière and Company (1995)

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeffe Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeffe Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

Nadja (1994)

This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of their father's death. Meanwhile, they are being hunted by Dr. Van Helsing and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Elina Löwensohn  •  Peter Fonda  •  David Lynch  •  Jared Harris

This ultra-hip, post-modern vampire tale is set in contemporary New York City. Members of a dysfunctional family of vampires are trying to come to terms with each other, in the wake of their father's death. Meanwhile, they are being hunted by Dr. Van Helsing and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Almereyda
CAST:  Elina Löwensohn  •  Peter Fonda  •  David Lynch  •  Jared Harris

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2006)

From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Samuels
CAST:  John Waters  •  Ben Barenholtz  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky  •  Alan Douglas

From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Samuels
CAST:  John Waters  •  Ben Barenholtz  •  Alejandro Jodorowsky  •  Alan Douglas

Six Men Getting Sick (1967)

Lynch's first film project consists of a loop of six people vomiting projected on to a special sculptured screen featuring twisted three-dimensional faces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
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Lynch's first film project consists of a loop of six people vomiting projected on to a special sculptured screen featuring twisted three-dimensional faces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
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David Wants to Fly (2010)

A documentary. David Sieveking takes the advice of his idol, David Lynch and tries out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's transcendental meditation technique.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Sieveking
CAST:  David Lynch  •  David Sieveking  •  Marie Pohl  •  Donovan

A documentary. David Sieveking takes the advice of his idol, David Lynch and tries out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's transcendental meditation technique.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Sieveking
CAST:  David Lynch  •  David Sieveking  •  Marie Pohl  •  Donovan
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