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David Lynch: The Art Life offers a look at the director's life and craft whose unusual approach is in keeping with its subject's singularly strange aesthetic.
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What is so extraordinary about this film is that it doesn't show Lynch as the cinephile or the movie brat or even someone with any great interest in art history.
Is there a more rewarding way of spending 90 minutes than watching Lynch putter, reminisce, and work on a sculpture? Maybe, but you'd need to give Lynch the budget to produce another feature to find out.
Lynch's art is filled with frightening images, but there's nothing scarier in his work than a father's wrath, whether it's expressed in rape, murder, or just the silent shake of a head.
For some viewers, it will be more than they want to know, but for Lynch's many partisans, it's required watching.
For Lynch - who hasn't made a feature since 2006's "Inland Empire" - the look back is clearly edifying, as you can feel him reflecting upon his journey in between long drags on his cigarettes.
No one else weighs in on Lynch here - it's all him, all the time. And, although chatty, he's not the warmest or most engaging presence. Still, Lynch devotees should dig this respectful, offbeat portrait.
[Takes] you inside the head of Lynch. That may be a scary place to be, but man is it a treat.
There are no easy answers when it comes to David Lynch.
Nothing is straight forward in this film, when it ended I felt I knew something about David Lynch, but really know nothing.
The art life is [David Lynch's] religion, and the great thing about this documentary is that you believe it.
How did the youngster who says he came from a "super happy household" end up as a cinema prince of darkness? While one cannot promise a clear answer to that, Lynch has some good stories to tell, particularly one about seeing Dylan in concert.
... fortunately, despite this commendable attempt to unravel it, [David Lynch's] genius will remain a mystery. [Ful review in Spanish]
Yeah the focus is on Lynch's painting career and childhood/adolescence but these anecdotes help put his filmography in context. You may not still understand his movies but you'll definitely see what inspired them.
Listening to those life anecdotes is not really interesting or revealing, to be honest, even though some of what Lynch says can be pretty funny and amusing, and it is hard to overlook the fact that the film ends right when it is starting to become more interesting.
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