Twin Peaks mania

Lynch, David

Deadpan filmmaker whose cult stock rose steadily in the decade between the expressionistic black and white fever-dream Eraserhead (1977) and Blue Velvet (1986). The latter film was a lush tour de force of warped sensuality that defined the Lynch style, rendering perverse the oppressive normality of the director’s Pacific Northwest childhood.

Intoxicated by the film’s almost unanimous acclaim, ABC network executives gave Lynch unheard-of latitude to create (with partner Mark Frost) a drama series, Twin Peaks, in 1990.

The show was a landmark in television history, but sustaining it overtaxed Lynch’s considerable talents. At the height of Twin Peaks mania, Lynch’s violent, disengaged road movie Wild At Heart (1990) was released, and taken as a portent that his obsessions might be growing tiresome.

The ill-conceived movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) confirmed those suspicions (though Lynch had overcome setbacks before–including the 1984 sci-fi epic Dune).

Lynch’s output was… Continue reading