David Lynch On Why He Stops Making Movies

Posted 2017/05/08 0 0

After directing 10 features, including such classics as “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive,” David Lynch contends he’s likely finished making films.


Lynch, known for his classic films Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, recently spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald when he suggested that he has no plans to pursue any future feature film.

“Things changed a lot,” Lynch said. “So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren’t the things that I would want to do.”

Lynch, who is 71, reportedly hesitated when pressed further on whether he’s really made his last movie, but then appeared to make up his mind. “That’s a yes?” he was asked.

“Yes it is,” he said.

David Lynch broke into filmmaking with his dreamlike, morbid, experimental psychodrama Eraserhead in 1977. The film, about an isolated man left to care for his disfigured baby in a nightmarish apartment, quickly became a cult hit. Stanely Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey) called it his favorite film. And somewhat surprisingly, Lynch was able to parlay that midnight movie success into a career that successfully balanced mainstream success with audacious artistry. His follow-up was the disturbing and humane drama The Elephant Man, which earned eight Academy Awards nominations and successfully married Lynch’s ethereal aesthetic to an accessible storyline.

The filmmaker’s career would go through a series of highs and lows (his ambitious production of Dune remains a legendary cautionary tale in Hollywood), but throughout the majority of his work he has exposed uncomfortable truths about American culture, embracing and subverting key cultural iconography and changing the way filmmakers and audiences interpret the portrayal of Americana imagery.

If the director sticks to his guns, that means his final film was “Inland Empire,” the 2006 drama about an actress (Laura Dern) who auditions for a comeback role, only to start to assume the identity of the character she’s playing.

But those of you mourning the loss of David Lynch to the cinematic community can take solace in the fact that the legendary director is still hard at work on the small-screen. In fact, David Lynch most recently completed production on new episodes of Twin Peaks, a series which previously aired on ABC between 1990 and 1991 and will be heading to Showtime this time around. David Lynch has directed all eight episodes of the show, while he has also co-written each of them with Mark Frost, too.