by Johannes Goransson on Jun.23, 2011
5. David Lynch’s primary interest in genre tropes is what he can use them to achieve, i.e. he seems to float around the periphery of horror because of his interest in the intensity of affect. While he hovers around the periphery of genre archetypes & ideas, all of his work is always uniquely his, which is something entirely admirable.
6. David Lynch’s obsession with drones in virtually all of his films is amazing. There are always arguably diegetic sounds that haunt almost every scene; whether it be the waterfalls in Twin Peaks, the hum of an interior in Lost Highway or just the highway in Mulholland Drive.
I think the point about genre is very good. Horror is fascinating to me because it’s allowed to be so much more artistic than other genres of Hollywood movies, in part because it’s in the tradition of the gothic, which has always been highly stylized and considered low-culture. I would add that there tends to be several genres in Lynch’s work and that these genres to a large text seem to produce the sense of “excessive beauty” (see my previous post about this). For example, the droning music. Or the angelic music. Or the fact that who Laura Palmer is keeps expanding and proliferating (she does coke, she does porn, she has many boyfriends, she hands out meals to disabled people etc, she even comes back as a ghost, as a twin, as a twin ghost etc), becoming not an absence but a site of excess (her corpse looks designed by Alexander McQueen, with its gothic pose, its beady water, its stylish plastic).