It’s David Lynch‘s birthday! To mark the occasion, here are five movies from the acclaimed director. Check some of these out!
Mulholland Drive (2001)
The interpretation of this movie has been analyzed for years, nobody could figure out what David Lynch was trying to say with this movie and he has famously refused to elaborate on the ending. Mulholland Drive follows the exploits of Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) and her journey to find success as an actress in Hollywood. After her arrival, she meets a mysterious woman named “Rita” (Laura Harring), who has been in a car accident and seemingly lost all memory of who she is. As they try to find Rita’s true identity, their quest leads them down a rabbit hole of conspiracy and every answer just leads to more questions. Ultimately leaving the audience to wonder what is real and what is a dream.
Blue Velvet (1986)
Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan), is home from college after his father suffers from a stroke. While out walking one day, he discovers a severed ear in an open field. He takes the evidence to the police who collect it and dismiss him. After getting an unforeseen tip from the detective’s daughter, Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), he decides to investigate the ear for himself. He soon finds himself in a world of darkness and horror after he crosses path with an attractive woman, a dangerous man and their associates.
Lost Highway (1997)
Memory is an odd thing, isn’t it? Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) is receiving videotapes of himself from an unknown stranger. Convinced that his wife, Renne (Patricia Arquette) is cheating on him, he fantasizes about killing her. When he discovers her murdered, he claims that he has no idea what happened to her and is later convicted and sentenced to death by an electric chair. Things only get weirder when the prison guards find somebody else occupying Frank’s cell.
Lynch’s first film, it set the tone for the weirdness that would later become a hallmark in much of his later work. Set in an industrial landscape of Philadelphia, Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) struggles to raise an deformed child with his girlfriend. Wanting instead to be with the beautiful girl from across the hall, Spencer does the unthinkable which results in devastating consequences.
Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
There is some debate regarding whether or not this is a TV show or if it is just one long 18-hour movie, regardless Twin Peaks: The Return is considered to be Lynch’s magnum opus! We finally return to the town of Twin Peaks 25 years after the original show ended, just as Laura predicted that we would. Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is determined to go back into the past to save Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) once and for all. He learns the hard way that no matter how hard you try, you cannot change the past.
What are some of your favorite films directed by birthday boy David Lynch?