Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim will be joined by critic Melissa Anderson for an in-depth discussion—with clips—about the life, films, and cultural significance of David Lynch, the subject of Lim’s critically acclaimed new study, David Lynch: The Man from Another Place (New Harvest). The event will also include the premiere of a new video essay about Lynch by Kevin B. Lee.
In the book, Lim uses an assortment of perspectives to frame Lynch’s life and work, expanding upon Lynch’s connections to surrealism, postmodernism, psychoanalysis, Americana, film history, and Transcendental Meditation. Concisely and evocatively, Lim seeks to define the term “Lynchian” and trace its entrance into pop-cultural and art-historical discourses, persuasively making the case for Lynch as a major American artist while remaining true to (and unpacking) Lynch’s own resistance to being interpreted. The Man from Another Place doesn’t aim to decode Lynch’s seductively cryptic work; rather, it suggests myriad ways of viewing and thinking through the art of one of the 20th century’s essential filmmakers. Seven of Lynch’s films will be shown as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s unique dual retrospective, Lynch/Rivette, December 11-22.
Free tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the talks. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.