Last summer we celebrated the 75th birthday of David Lynch, one of America's most acclaimed and Surrealist directors, with our LYNCH:75 retrospective. But there were a few movies we couldn't fit in, and so we're bringing back Lynch for this belated birthday party, which includes an encore screening of INLAND EMPIRE, a newly restored Lost Highway, and, of course, Dune. The icing on this weird cake is the return of Blue Velvet because... why not? If you're a David Lynch fan, don't miss this series.
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Forget the newest version, there is no greater Dune than David Lynch's! Well, there's probably a lot of folks who would disagree with that claim, but Lynch fans cannot miss the director's very personal take on Frank Herbert's massive sci-fi tome. Kyle Maclachlan, in his screen debut, is Paul Atreides, the young heir to the throne, who may also be a sort of messianic figure, and who must control the planet Arrakis and... well, the plot defies further explanation in so few words, but this lush, crazy and spectacular epic is a feast for the eyes. Derided in its time, with a score by Toto and Brian Eno, as well as a star-studded cast (including Sting!) Dune must be seen on the big screen to be believed.
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Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) answers the phone one night to hear this message: "Dick Laurent is dead." Then, his wife, Renee (Patricia Arquette) finds a mysterious package containing a VHS tape of their home, shot from the inside. Soon, more packages arrive, and then, at a party, Fred meets The Mystery Man (Robert Blake), and things slip into almost total unreality. Inspired, according to Lynch, by the O. J. Simpson trial and the idea of a "psychogenic fugue", Lost Highway is not only a wonderful ride through Lynch's psyche, but a thrilling and at times hilarious film, with brilliant performances all around. Newly restored by Janus.
DCP courtesy Janus films.
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After the financial and critical disaster of Dune, Lynch retreated to the surrealist world he knew best, and with Blue Velvet established himself as a controversial and mesmerizing auteur. This is the story of Jeffrey (Kyle Maclachlan, Lynch's muse if ever there was one) who returns home to Lumberton, Oregon only to find a human ear in an abandoned lot. Enter Frank (Dennis Hopper), one of the nastiest villains ever to appear in a movie, who terrorizes Dorothy (Isabella Rosellini) and draws a very curious Jeffrey into this sticky web of lust and murder. Despite dividing the critics of its day, Blue Velvet earned Lynch an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, and has since been regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
DCP courtesy Park Circus.