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September 28, 2011 11:25 AM   Subscribe

Looks like we may be waiting awhile for a new feature by David Lynch (or are we?), in the meantime here's a short The Three Rs, he has made as a trailer for Viennale Fest ‘11 (He's also got an album Crazy Clown Time coming out in November.)
posted by fearfulsymmetry (20 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
"The Three Rs" is brilliant. I found myself laughing toward the end because it is just so David Lynch.
posted by longsleeves at 11:42 AM on September 28, 2011


But does it involve Laura Dern ?
posted by k5.user at 11:57 AM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's Sandra about the Viennale.

Ah, dime, Sandra; ¿sí...sí? PETE HA QUANTI PIETRE?

AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:04 PM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought his last feature, Inland Empire was convoluted convolution packaged in tweaked meanderings.
posted by uraniumwilly at 12:12 PM on September 28, 2011


The One Dream Rush project looks pretty interesting.
posted by Sticherbeast at 12:14 PM on September 28, 2011


Wow, Crazy Clown Time. As a fan, even after all these years I have no idea if Lynch is doing these things he does with an intentionally weird and awkward sensibility or if it's an accident.
posted by Hoopo at 12:18 PM on September 28, 2011


He's just fucking with us.
posted by mr_roboto at 12:22 PM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, Crazy Clown Time. As a fan, even after all these years I have no idea if Lynch is doing these things he does with an intentionally weird and awkward sensibility or if it's an accident.

From Lynch on Lynch, pg. 247 (regarding The Straight Story):
Mary, as the producer, would normally have taken that call from the MPAA. But she had to go out that afternoon and asked me if I wouldn't mind taking it. So a man did call and he said, 'You have a G rating.' So I said, 'You've gotta tell me that one more time!'

Some people still wait for something very bad to happen in the movie. Also, somebody was standing in line for a preview screening and a lady behind them said, 'Isn't it odd that there are two directors named David Lynch.' [Laughs]
I think he's well aware of his weirdness.
posted by shakespeherian at 12:52 PM on September 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


I thought his last feature, Inland Empire was convoluted convolution packaged in tweaked meanderings.

Is that praise or critique?
posted by cmoj at 1:12 PM on September 28, 2011


People sometimes describe Lynch as being weird for its own sake. And that may be the case sometimes. I'm never sure why that's leveled as a criticism, as though nothing more need be said. Weirdness is a valid aesthetic choice, and I have never been clear why an artist must justify it by saying it is in the service of something else.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:13 PM on September 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


yeah, lynch on lynch is brimming with examples of him being aware that he is a pretty weird dude.

bunny: people get weird when someone who's weird is cool with being weird and just runs with it, i guess. see also my previous effusive dork-out about lynch and his obsession with texture and form, i think most people are kind of stuck on narratives. so it's "weird for weirdness's sake" instead of "narrativally thin and FUCKIN CURTAINS GOD DAMN" silencio
posted by beefetish at 1:14 PM on September 28, 2011


(i hope you don't think you're getting the full experience of the previous post on your fucking phone.)
posted by beefetish at 1:15 PM on September 28, 2011


I think the thing that's so refreshing about Lynch's personality is just how earnest he is, whether what comes out is "weird" or not. I think we're all so wrapped up in so many layers of irony these days* that he comes across as offbeat when he's just doin' his thang.

* From now on I am going to refer to this as "The Irony Onion Era" which will later be shortened to just "The Onion Era" on account of America's Finest News Source being satire
posted by palidor at 1:29 PM on September 28, 2011


I would like to see him to take a break from film and focus more on his coffee, and especially his coffee's ads.
posted by rtimmel at 1:34 PM on September 28, 2011


David Lynch is weird because David Lynch gets Ideas.
posted by jiawen at 2:32 PM on September 28, 2011


Perfectly normal

Of all his characters, Lynch is perhaps closest to the straight-talking Alvin Straight, yet so many strange stories circulate about him. Is it true that he has a bottled uterus on his desk? He shakes his head vigorously. "I don't have a uterus on my desk." OK, what about not on his desk? He nods. "Yes, I have a bottle with a uterus in it. It was never on my desk, it's somewhere in the house. That belonged to Raffaella de Laurentiis, Dino's daughter. She had it removed. I didn't ask her for it. She thought I might appreciate it, and she had the doctor package it and send it for me." And did he appreciate it? "Very much. It's an organic object - we see so many things in the world, but sometimes we see something that was sort of hidden and it strikes us, and ideas can come from that."

OK, then, story number two - did he dissect a cat for artistic purposes? "For sure. Now here is the deal. Is this a sickness? Nooooah! In school, many classes will dissect a frog or salamander, maybe a fish. How many chefs are working with fish? It was important for me for many reasons to check out some real organic material. I called the vet. He asked me some questions to ascertain whether I was a nutcake. He determined that I was serious, but said at the present time he had no cat for me. Five minutes later, a cat had just come in, and he called me." Did he turn it into art? "No, it was just a learning experience."

My favourite story is that he won't allow food to be cooked in the house. True or false? "OK, now look at this," he says. "You have a lot of works on paper, say, in a house. Why in the world would you go into that house and spray grease on to those works of paper, unless it was an idea that came to you to deteriorate that work in some way? And this is what cooking can do. Also, wherever you can smell that cooking, it must be landing on the walls and y'know what I mean. So it is unfortunate that kitchens are in a house. To my mind, they should be a side building, easily hosed out, cleaned, and the odours and all the stuff that go with it away from the workspace."

So there is no kitchen in his house in LA? He shakes his head, with phlegmatic resignation. "I've let it go ... I've moved most of the work away from the kitchen. There is a kitchen in the house and it has been used for any number of meals." Is it true that it caused a problem with Isabella Rossellini? He bursts out laughing. "Hohohohohahahaha! I don't think so. I think that's a myth." The full myth is that Rossellini left him because of his kitchen intolerance, though in her autobiography she says he left her and that she was heartbroken.

posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:54 PM on September 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't forget to mention his other new project -- Club Silencio in Paris.
posted by hippybear at 3:44 PM on September 28, 2011


I think he's well aware of his weirdness.

He's just so good at it. There's the over-the-top stuff, and there's there's the weird subtle details. An album of strangely amateurish techno with melodies that are just a little off? I can almost picture Audrey Horne dancing to that song playing on the jukebox in the RR Cafe
posted by Hoopo at 8:18 PM on September 28, 2011


Just you

And I

Together forever

In love
posted by shakespeherian at 8:41 PM on September 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


'Crazy Clown Time'

Free download of the track at Lynch's Facebook page
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:35 AM on October 5, 2011


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