Scott OT #37: The Day Thread Looks at David Lynch’s Career (Again) (1/29)

It’s time to look back on the career of David Lynch, one of my favorite directors of all time. We’ll be looking at Dune, Blue Velvet, and Wild At Heart today.

Dune is widely considered to be Lynch’s worst movie and with good reason. It’s confusing and not in the usual Lynch way and it’s mostly dull. The film was tinkered with behind Lynch’s back by executives, leading to some prints of the movie having an “Alan Smithee” credit. That being said, the film isn’t completely without merit. It’s got some striking visuals and Kyle MacLachlan (in his first collaboration with Lynch) is dynamic.

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Lynch’s follow-up to Dune was Blue Velvet, one of his very best movies and one of the greatest movies of all time. All-American boy Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) is out and about when he stumbles upon a human ear in a field one day. He’s determined to find out who it belongs to and finds himself involved with a gorgeous singer named Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and a deranged criminal named Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

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Blue Velvet was heavily noir-inspired, much like his later movies Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. Blue Velvet was highly acclaimed and earned Lynch a much deserved Best Director nomination, though he sadly lost to goddamn Oliver Stone for Platoon. Hopper was snubbed for his performance as Frank Booth, being nominated for his more safe performance in Hoosiers the same year.

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Lynch’s next movie was the amazing Wild At Heart. It’s about young lovers on the run Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Fortune’s mother Marietta (Diane Ladd, Dern’s real life mother) doesn’t approve of their relationship in the slightest and hires savage gangster Marcello Santos (J.E. Freeman) to try and kill Sailor.

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Wild At Heart received mixed reviews at the time of its release but it’s since staked its claim as a great movie. One of the groups to see the film for what it was in 1990 was the Cannes Film Festival, which gave it their much coveted Palme d’Or. In addition, Diane Ladd was nominated for Best Supporting Actress but she lost to Whoppi Goldberg for Ghost.

Hope you all have fun posting here today and have a great day. The next time I spotlight Lynch, I’ll be looking at Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.