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David Lynch


    Starbirth:
    January 20, 1946
Birthplace:
Missoula, Montana, USA
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David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian", and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences. Moving around various parts of the United States as a child within his middle class family, Lynch went on to study painting in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. Deciding to devote himself more fully to this medium, he moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. Then being employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, he proceeded to make two films. First, the science-fiction epic Dune (1984), which proved to be a critical and commercial failure, and then a neo-noir crime film, Blue Velvet (1986), which was highly critically acclaimed. Proceeding to create his own television series with Mark Frost, the highly popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1992), he also created a cinematic prequel, Fire Walk With Me (1992), a road movie, Wild at Heart (1990), and a family film, The Straight Story (1999) in the same period. Turning further towards surrealist filmmaking, three of his following films worked on "dream logic" non-linear narrative structures, Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for his films The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, and also received a screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Elephant Man. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the country's top civilian honor, as a Chevalier in 2002 and then an Officier in 2007, while that same year, The Guardian described Lynch as "the most important director of this era". Allmovie called him "the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking", whilst the success of his films have led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist.


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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Himself 2019
I Know Catherine, The Log Lady Himself 2019
Fire Is Coming 2019
A Pot of Boiling Oil Himself 2017
A Very Lovely Dream: One Week in Twin Peaks Himself 2017
A Bloody Finger in Your Mouth Himself 2017
Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers Himself 2017
The Number of Completion Himself 2017
Tell It Martin Himself 2017
The Polish Accountant Himself 2017
See You on the Other Side Dear Friend Himself 2017
I Had Bad Milk in Dehradun Himself 2017
Two Blue Balls Himself 2017
Bad Binoculars Himself 2017
The Man with the Gray Elevated Hair Himself 2017
Behind the Red Curtain Himself 2017
WHAT DID JACK DO? Detective 2017
Along for the Ride Himself 2017
Lucky Howard 2017
The Black Ghiandola Man In Black 2017
David Lynch: The Art Life Himself 2017
Girlfriend's Day Narrator (voice) 2017
Shadows of Paradise 2016
Blue Velvet Revisited Himself 2016
On Meditation Himself 2016
The Reality of Truth Himself 2016
Brand: A Second Coming Himself 2015
My Beautiful Broken Brain Himself 2014
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Gordon Cole 2014
Between Two Worlds Himself 2014
The 8th Floor 2014
It's a Beautiful World Himself 2014
What is Cinema? Himself 2013
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise Himself 2013
Professor Goudet's Lessons 2013
Memory Film 2012
Meditation Creativity Peace Himself 2012
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Himself 2012
Side by Side Himself 2012
2012: Time for Change Himself 2010
Great Directors Himself 2010
David Wants to Fly 2010
When Lynch Met Lucas 2010
La traversée du désir 2009
Twin Peaks Festival Greeting 2008 Himself 2008
Hollyshorts Greeting Himself 2008
Elvis: Viva Las Vegas Himself 2008
Crítico 2008
A Slice of Lynch 2007
Out Yonder (Neighbor Boy) 2007
David Lynch Cooks Quinoa Himself 2007
Lynch Himself 2007
Boat 2007
Lynch 2 2007
Out Yonder Teeth 2007
Out Yonder Chicken 2007
Le son de Lynch 2007
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Himself 2006
Room to Dream: David Lynch and the Independent Filmmaker Himself 2005
Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments himself 2004
The Making of: Mulholland Drive Himself 2004
Lamp himself 2003
The Short Films of David Lynch Himself 2002
I Don't Know Jack Himself 2002
Mysteries of Love Himself (archive footage) 2002
Eraserhead Stories Himself 2001
The A-Z of Separating People from their Money Himself 1998
The Fine Art of Separating People from Their Money Himself 1998
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch Himself 1997
Nadja Morgue Receptionist 1994
Don Van Vliet: Some YoYo Stuff Himself 1994
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Gordon Cole 1992
Hollywood Mavericks Himself 1990
David Lynch: Don't Look at Me Himself 1989
Zelly and Me Willie 1988
No Frank in Lumberton 1988
Ruth, Roses, and Revolver Himself 1987
Dune Spice Miner (uncredited) 1984
The Elephant Man Man in the Bowler Hat in the Mob Chasing Merrick (uncredited) 1980
Heart Beat Painter 1980
The Amputee Nurse 1974
16mm 1968
Sailing with Bushnell Keeler 1967
Ariana Delawari: Lion of Panjshir
Rocksteppy Himself
The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert
Peixe Vermelho O Sábio
A Fall from Grace William Tabb <mt>
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Family Guy <blank> <mt>
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Louie Jack Dall <mt>
The Academy Awards <blank> <mt>
Twin Peaks FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole <mt>
Independent Focus Himself <mt>
Twin Peaks FBI Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole (voice) <mt>
Twin Peaks FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole (voice) <mt>
DumbLand Randy (voice) / Wife (voice) / Sparky (voice) <mt>
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