- NAME: David Lynch
- OCCUPATION: Director, Screenwriter
- BIRTH DATE: January 20, 1946 (Age: 68)
- Did You Know?: David Lynch's controversial film Wild at Heart won the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
- EDUCATION: Corcoran School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Missoula, Montana
- Full Name: David Keith Lynch
- AKA: David Lynch
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Director and screenwriter David Lynch is known for dark, offbeat films, including Blue Velvet and Eraserhead, and for creating the television series Twin Peaks.
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Born in Montana in 1946, famed filmmaker David Lynch studied art before experimenting with film in the late '60s. In 1977, his first feature, Eraserhead, made its debut; it went on to become a cult classic. He next directed The Elephant Man, for which he received two Academy Award nominations. Lynch has also directed Blue Velvet and created the television series Twin Peaks. He is a vocal proponent of transcendental meditation.
"Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd."
"Film can't just be a long line of bliss. There's something we all like about the human struggle."
"A lot of artists think they want anger. But a real, strong, bitter anger occupies the mind, leaving no room for creativity."
"Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way."
David Keith Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. Lynch moved frequently as a child due to his father's work as a research scientist. While still a student at a high school in Virginia, he began taking art classes at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. After high school, Lynch made his way through Boston, Europe and Philadelphia to study art further.
In the 1960s, David Lynch began making short films, beginning with the animated Six Men Getting Sick (1966) and The Alphabet (1967), a combination of animation and live action. The Grandmother (1970) was Lynch's first completely live-action short film.
In the early 1970s, Lynch started work on his first feature film, Eraserhead, which premiered in 1977. The bizarre movie had a dark worldview, disturbing subject matter and surreal tone, but it garnered enough attention to land Lynch the job of directing The Elephant Man (1980). That film received eight Academy Award nominations, including two for Lynch in the categories of directing and adapted screenplay.
Lynch's next directing gig wouldn't go quite as well, as he was picked to helm the science fiction film Dune (1984), an adaptation of a well-loved book. The movie was plagued with production problems and received scathing reviews upon its release.
In typical Lynchian fashion, he recovered by turning back to his own vision, coming out with Blue Velvet in 1986. The film, which starred Kyle MacLachlan and Isabella Rossellini, took a chilling look at small-town life. Though its darker moments led to some outraged reactions, Lynch received critical accolades and a second Academy Award nomination for directing.
Lynch would continue in a similar vein with the violent Wild at Heart (1990). This controversial film won the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Lynch took his unique vision to television with the series Twin Peaks, which first aired in 1990. Like Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks took a deep dive into small-town America and found hidden horrors that had previously been unexplored. The offbeat show became a national topic of conversation when it first aired, though the second season's storyline drifted, losing viewers along the way.
Lynch would revisit Twin Peaks with the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). However, the movie received a critical drubbing.
Lynch's next big screen outing came in the form of Lost Highway (1997), a polarizing picture that put a new twist on his surreal themes.
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