The mind boggles to learn that Lynch labored on this pic for five years.
Some of it is disturbing, some of it is embarrassingly flat, but all of it shows a degree of technical accomplishment far beyond anything else on the midnight-show circuit.
Lynch, as he does with all his films, refuses to explain anything, although he does say that he has yet to read an interpretation that matches his.
What a masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze.
Lynch's remarkable first feature is a true original.
| Original Score: 5/5
It represented a monumental shift in how movies are seen and digested -- one that raised the level of aptitude and film literacy throughout the world.