Cert: TBC Runtime: 88 mins Director: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm & Jon Nguyen Cast: David Lynch
My cow is not pretty, but it is pretty to me
2017 truly has been the year of David Lynch, with the return of Twin Peaks, Mulholland Dr. & Blue Vevet re-releases and now David Lynch: The Art Life. For me he is the Hitchcock of the later 20th century and probably my all time favourite artist. So what is David Lynch: The Art Life about? David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch’s own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist.
The Art Life is absorbing, his childhood recollections are very open while Lynch creates his stark art pieces. It’s beautifully shot, methodically paced, with a rather unsettling quality. There is no external opinion to be had, as the film exists entirely in Lynch’s world. We see him making art, talking art, pondering art, and then making more art. He is obsessed, focused, but friendly and charming, whether in the midst of moulding a creepy canvas, groping his shock of white hair, planning his next canvas move in a cloud of smoke, or interacting with his tiny daughter. The mystery of Hollywood’s extreme outsider remains deliciously intact. If you are hoping for an exploration of the films of David Lynch, and of the filmmaker David Lynch, stay at home. Only David Lynch the neophyte filmmaker is explored because this is a natural development of the real star of the show – David Lynch the painter.