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David Lynch is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Art Direction, Sound and Special Effects American born on 20 january 1946 at Missoula (USA)

David Lynch

David Lynch
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Birth name David Keith Lynch
Nationality USA
Birth 20 january 1946 (78 years) at Missoula (USA)
Awards Officier de la Légion d'honneur

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American director, screenwriter, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend or mystify" audiences.

Born to a middle-class family in Missoula, Montana, Lynch spent his childhood traveling around the United States, before going on to study painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he first made the transition to producing short films. He moved to Los Angeles, where he produced his first motion picture, the surrealist horror film Eraserhead (1977). After Eraserhead became a cult classic on the midnight movie circuit, Lynch was employed to direct a biographical film about a deformed man, Joseph Merrick, titled The Elephant Man (1980), from which he gained mainstream success. He was then employed by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, and proceeded to make two films: 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 critically acclaimed.

Next, Lynch created his own television series with Mark Frost, the popular murder mystery Twin Peaks (1990–1991; 2017): he also created a cinematic prequel, Twin Peaks: 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 subsequent films operated on "dream logic", non-linear narrative structures: the psychological thriller Lost Highway (1997), the neo-noir mystery film Mulholland Drive (2001) and the mystery film Inland Empire (2006). Meanwhile, Lynch embraced the Internet as a medium, producing several web-based shows, such as the animated DumbLand (2002) and the surreal sitcom Rabbits (2002).

Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director and a nomination for best screenplay. He has won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, 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", while the success of his films has led to him being labelled "the first popular Surrealist."


Lynch has had several long-term relationships. In 1967, he married Peggy Lentz in Chicago, Illinois. They had one child, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, born in 1968, who is a film director. They filed for divorce in 1974. On June 21, 1977, Lynch married Mary Fisk, and the couple had one child, Austin Jack Lynch, born in 1982. They divorced in 1987, and Lynch began dating Isabella Rossellini after filming Blue Velvet. Lynch and Rossellini broke up in 1991, and Lynch developed a relationship with Mary Sweeney, with whom he had one son. Sweeney also worked as Lynch's longtime film editor/producer and co-wrote and produced The Straight Story. The two married in May 2006, but divorced that July. Lynch married actress Emily Stofle, who appeared in his 2006 film Inland Empire, in February 2009. They have a daughter.

Political views
Lynch has said that he is "not a political person". However, he has expressed admiration for former US President Ronald Reagan. Describing his political philosophy, he stated, "at that time, I thought of myself as a libertarian. I believed in next to zero government. And I still would lean toward no government and not so many rules, except for traffic lights and things like this. I really believe in traffic regulations." Lynch continued to state that "I don't know if there even is a Libertarian party. They wouldn't have a prayer of getting anywhere. So I'm a Democrat now. And I've always been a Democrat, really. But I don't like the Democrats a lot, either, because I'm a smoker, and I think a lot of the Democrats have come up with these rules for non-smoking."

He endorsed the Natural Law Party in the 2000 presidential election and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

Transcendental Meditation

Lynch advocates the use of Transcendental Meditation in bringing peace to the world. He was initiated into Transcendental Meditation in July 1973, and has practiced the technique consistently since then. Lynch says he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM movement, for the first time in 1975 at the Spiritual Regeneration Movement center in Los Angeles, California. He reportedly became close with Maharishi during a month-long "Millionaire's Enlightenment Course" held in 2003, the fee for which was US$1 million.

In July 2005, he launched the David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace, established to help finance scholarships for students in middle and high schools who are interested in learning the Transcendental Meditation technique and to fund research on the technique and its effects on learning. Together with John Hagelin and Fred Travis, a brain researcher from Maharishi University of Management (MUM), Lynch promoted his vision on college campuses with a tour that began in September 2005. Lynch is on the board of trustees of MUM Trustees and has hosted an annual "David Lynch Weekend for World Peace and Meditation" there since 2005.

Lynch is working for the building and establishment of seven buildings, in which 8,000 salaried people will practice advanced meditation techniques, "pumping peace for the world". He estimates the cost at US$7 billion. As of December 2005, he had spent US$400,000 of personal money, and raised US$1 million in donations. In December 2006, the New York Times reported that he continued to have that goal. Lynch's book, Catching the Big Fish (Tarcher/Penguin 2006), discusses the impact of the Transcendental Meditation technique on his creative process. Lynch attended the funeral of the Maharishi in India in 2008. He told a reporter, "In life, he revolutionised the lives of millions of people. ... In 20, 50, 500 years there will be millions of people who will know and understand what the Maharishi has done." In 2009, he went to India to film interviews with people who knew the Maharishi as part of a biographical documentary.

In 2009, Lynch organized a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. On April 4, 2009, the "Change Begins Within" concert featured Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. David Wants to Fly, released in May 2010, is a documentary by German filmmaker David Sieveking "that follows the path of his professional idol, David Lynch, into the world of Transcendental Meditation (TM)."

An independent project starring Lynch called Beyond The Noise: My Transcendental Meditation Journey, directed by film student Dana Farley, who has severe dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, was shown at film festivals in 2011, including the Marbella Film Festival. Filmmaker Kevin Sean Michaels is one of the producers. In 2013 Lynch wrote: "Transcendental Meditation leads to a beautiful, peaceful revolution. A change from suffering and negativity to happiness and a life more and more free of any problems."

Lynch designed his personal website, a site exclusive to paying members, where he posts short videos and his absurdist series Dumbland, plus interviews and other items. The site also featured a daily weather report, where Lynch gives a brief description of the weather in Los Angeles, where he resides. Until June 2010, this weather report (usually no longer than 30 seconds) was also being broadcast on his personal YouTube channel, David Lynch – Daily Weather Report. An absurd ringtone ("I like to kill deer") from the website was a common sound bite on The Howard Stern Show in early 2006.

Lynch is a coffee drinker and even has his own line of special organic blends available for purchase on his website as well as in Whole Foods. Called "David Lynch Signature Cup", the coffee has been advertised via flyers included with several recent Lynch-related DVD releases, including Inland Empire and the Gold Box edition of Twin Peaks. The possibly self-mocking tag-line for the brand is "It's all in the beans ... and I'm just full of beans." This is also a quote of a line said by Justin Theroux's character in Inland Empire.

Best films

Dune (1984)
The Elephant Man (1980)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Straight Story (1999)

Usually with

Mary Sweeney
Mary Sweeney
(7 films)
Jack Nance
Jack Nance
(7 films)
Jeremy Alter
Jeremy Alter
(3 films)
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Filmography of David Lynch (44 films)

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A Fall from Grace
Directed by Tyler Perry, Jennifer Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Vincent D'Onofrio, Tim Roth, Phylicia Rashād, Nelly, Forest Whitaker, Bresha Webb
Roles William Tabb

Apothecary Films provided the following plot summary: "Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls. He only knows that their burned and broken bodies are washing ashore along the Mississippi River, never to return home. He wears the scars of the one time he got close. Now, he's living in the darkness himself, perhaps too deeply. His physical pain is matched only by the pain he feels each time another young girl goes missing or washes ashore. Self-medicating to both ward away and embrace this killer, he falls farther from his light. Truth be told, the closer he comes to death by his own hand, the closer he gets to solving the murders."
Lucky (2017)
, 1h28
Directed by John Carroll Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, Beth Grant
Roles Howard
Rating73% 3.6500453.6500453.6500453.6500453.650045
Lucky vit seul à plus de 90 ans, à l'écart d'une petite ville. Il fait de l'exercice, marche tous les jours en ville pour aller prendre son café, faire ses courses et retrouver des amis dans un bar le soir. Malgré sa bonne santé, une chute avertit Lucky que la vieillesse est là. Il perd alors un peu de sa vigueur, se dispute avec un avocat qui tente de faire signer un testament à un ami inconsolable depuis que sa tortue centenaire "President Roosevelt" l'a quitté. Lucky retrouve toutefois une joie de vivre lors d'une fête d'anniversaire, où il chante en espagnol pour le jeune fils d'une commerçante d'origine mexicaine. Lucky rencontre aussi un vétéran avec qui il évoque des souvenirs de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Finalement la vie continue pour Lucky, tandis que la tortue poursuit elle aussi son chemin dans le désert.
Side by Side, 1h38
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors James Cameron, David Fincher, John Malkovich, Danny Boyle, David Lynch, Robert Rodríguez
Roles Self
Rating75% 3.7955553.7955553.7955553.7955553.795555
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It shows what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital.
David Wants to Fly, 1h36
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about religion, Documentary films about religion
Actors David Lynch, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan
Rating68% 3.441973.441973.441973.441973.44197
In 2006, Sieveking, the German director, lead character, and narrator of the film, feels adrift after graduating from film school. At the time he is living with his girlfriend and he decides to travel to Fairfield, Iowa, to attend an event featuring David Lynch and Donovan. Afterwards, he and Pohl have an agreeable interview with Lynch about the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Great Directors, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors David Lynch, Todd Haynes, Stephen Frears, Agnès Varda, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater
Roles Self
Rating63% 3.190243.190243.190243.190243.19024
Great Directors features interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles.
La Traversée du désir, 1h11
Directed by Arielle Dombasle
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Arielle Dombasle, Michel Houellebecq, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Fernando Arrabal
Roles Self
Rating63% 3.1507953.1507953.1507953.1507953.150795
La Traversée du désir est un film documentaire réalisé par Arielle Dombasle. Caméra au poing, elle a, entre 2001 et 20092, posé singulièrement la même question à bon nombre de personnalités qu'elle a pu croiser : « Quel a été votre premier désir ? ». Le titre est un clin d'œil à l'expression « Traversée du désert ».
Inland Empire, 3h
Directed by David Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Julia Ormond, Laura Dern, Nastassja Kinski
Roles Bucky J
Rating68% 3.401653.401653.401653.401653.40165
The film opens to the sound of a gramophone playing Axxon N, "the longest-running radio play in history". Meanwhile, a young prostitute, identified in the credits as the "Lost Girl", cries while watching television in a hotel room, following an unpleasant encounter with her client. The Lost Girl’s television displays a family of surrealistic anthropomorphic rabbits who speak in cryptic statements and questions. Occasionally, there are laugh track responses within these Rabbit scenes. These three elements become recurring motifs throughout Inland Empire.
Boat (2007)
, 8minutes
Directed by David Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors David Lynch
Roles Himself
Rating57% 2.899882.899882.899882.899882.89988
Shot on digital video, Boat features closeup shots of a man (eventually revealed to be Lynch himself) taking a speedboat onto a lake, while a young woman (Emily Stofle) provides a dreamy, confused description of what is happening. Halfway through, Lynch turns to the camera and announces "we're going to try to go fast enough to go into the night". He speeds up the boat, which does indeed travel into the night.
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, 1h28
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors John Waters, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, George A. Romero, Robert Shaye, Perry Henzell
Roles Himself
Rating72% 3.6243353.6243353.6243353.6243353.624335
Midnight Movies est un documentaire qui explore le parcours méconnu de six grands films cultes des années 70 : La Nuit des morts vivants, Pink Flamingos, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead, El Topo, The Harder They Come. Ces six films à petit budget, montrés aux séances de minuit, ont influencé la manière de faire et voir les films, ils ont réinventé le médium en dépassant les frontières du mauvais goût et des tabous sociaux. Avec les interviews originales des réalisateurs John Waters, David Lynch, George A. Romero et Alejandro Jodorowsky.
DumbLand (2002)
, 35minutes
Directed by David Lynch
Origin USA
Genres Animation
Actors David Lynch
Rating63% 3.151733.151733.151733.151733.15173
Lost Highway, 2h14
Directed by David Lynch, Mary Sweeney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry
Actors Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Loggia, Robert Blake, Jack Nance
Roles Morgue Attendant (scenes deleted)
Rating75% 3.7997053.7997053.7997053.7997053.799705
After the opening credits, which show a highway's dividing lines at night while blaring techno music plays in the background, Fred Madison (Bill Pullman), a Los Angeles saxophonist, receives a message from an unknown man on the intercom of his house. The voice says that "Dick Laurent is dead." When he looks out his window, the streets outside his house are empty, and faint police sirens are heard in the distance.
Nadja (1994)
, 1h33
Directed by Michael Almereyda
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film
Actors Elina Löwensohn, Peter Fonda, Karl Geary, Martin Donovan, Galaxy Craze, Suzy Amis
Roles Morgue Receptionist
Rating59% 2.998562.998562.998562.998562.99856
Count Voivoide Arminius Chousescu Dracula dies with a stake in his heart,and his daughter Nadja [Elina Löwensohn] shows up to claim the body, hoping that his death will free her from the life her father has forced on her. She has the body cremated and prepares to take the ashes to Brooklyn and pay a visit to her twin brother Edgar [Jared Harris] whom she hasn't seen for a long time. Before she leaves, however, she stops for a drink and meets Lucy [Galaxy Craze]. Lucy is also feeling a sense of emptiness, so she takes Nadja home. They appear to cheer each other up, and they wind up having sex together.