«David Lynch: The Art Life» - The Beauty of the Abyss
The past always colors the ideas, even the new ones.
There is no other way to narrate Lynch than in a dream. Therefore, the dreamlike becomes present in the documentary by directors Jon Nguyen and Olivia Neergaar-Holm, from all the technical aspects. There is an artistic cohesion in the message and the narrative forms that turn David Lynch: The Art life into a must for Lynch fans and for people who are not, to discover, or rediscover an arts genius’s obsessions and recurring thoughts.
From the soundtrack--David Lynch and DeanHurley- to the mix of sounds emulating agonizing environments of Lynch’s film works, to the own voice over narrating, from an very intimate "self”, his life. Not his films, not his pictures, not his music; his life. His childhood, teenage years and the beginnings of his university life, the vicissitudes to find a place that give him back, in some way, the same passion he was attempting to imprint to life.
However, the visual complements itself with a Lynch in action. Departing from an initial contemplation, which is not more than the contemplation a man creates, his pictures flood the scene, while he builds them, makes them, makes use of the materiality surrounding him and gives it life in works that start taking living and enclosing shape.
Making the documentary took three years and about 20 interviews with the culprit of a provoking and iconic style in the cinema worldwide. Focus is put on the genesis. In the beginning of everything, in Lynch’s ability to find art everywhere; in the textures of an insect, in the shadows that generate light on a corner, in pieces of food getting spoiled in the basement of a house. And he also words the need of art as a message and dialogue with the others.
With an intelligent script and an exquisite archive material, David Lynch: The Art life displays the perception of the world of a man who thinks the world according to his art. His searches, his passions, his definition of happiness, and of course his deepest fears "daring to see behind the wall”. I you want to find out how the iconic scene of Dorothy Vallens naked at the Porsche of Jeffrey Beaumont originated in his head, if you want to understand what was the genesis of Eraserhead like, in these locations that seem out of a nightmare, then you have to see David Lynch: The Art Life. Or dream it. It is almost the same.