David Lynch: A Master of Surrealist Cinema

David Lynch is an American film director, author, screenwriter, musician and visual artist. He is one of those film directors in Hollywood whose work has earned him very significant place in the film industry. His approach and style of film making portrays intense and violent images with twisted characters that leave many people feel offended and even disturbed some times.




David Lynch made his directorial debut in 1977 with Eraserhead. It was a surrealist horror film which was produced and written by Lynch himself. The lead role was played by Jack Nance. Eraserhead did not receive much appreciation critically and commercially but is considered a cult classic now.

In 1980 he directed The Elephant Man which was the story of a deformed man in 19th century London. Anthony Hopkins gave a brilliant performance in the lead role and the movie was a huge success. The Elephant Man gave Lynch mainstream recognition and success.

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His 1984 science fiction outing, Dune, was a failure but Blue Velvet in 1986 brought him another level of success in Hollywood cinema. Blue Velvet was a crime/thriller with Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern and Dennis Hopper playing the key roles in the movie.

David Lynch turned to TV screen to produce Twin Peaks series and was acclaimed by all. His return to cinema with Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire was not admired by the cinema goers as well as by the critics. All of these three films were psychological thrillers with mysterious characters.

Inland Empire was visually very strong film with perfectly synced background score. Laura Dern’s performance was equally good. I still remember when I watched this movie 10 years ago it left me disturbed during that night and my brain was functioning inside the empire Lynch had created in that movie. The movie was enlisted amongst the most underrated films in that particular decade by The Guardian and I call it Lynch’s masterpiece.




David Lynch is busy preparing for the launch of his Twin Peaks revival series on the TV for 2017 and I wish we get see his intelligent and novel work on the mainstream cinema as well anytime in near future.

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