This is my third entry in David Lynch Month. It is a video essay covering his early work.
This week's "Question in a World of Blue" is: Does Laura Palmer have special significance in David Lynch's body of work? You can respond in the comments below or on your own blog (please tag this entry in your response).
With a title inspired by a passage from The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (by Jennifer Lynch), Take This Baby and Deliver It to Death focuses on David Lynch's first six features - through Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) - as well as the TV show Twin Peaks (1991-92) and a few audio samples from later works. Allowing the interweaving of assembled footage to speak for itself, this non-narrated video essay emphasizes the complex, evolving portrayal of violence and abusive characters in Lynch's early work. Needless to say it contains both spoilers and graphic content, so proceed with caution. At 23 minutes, this is my longest video, but that's down from a 45-minute rough cut (not to mention a 4 1/2-hour assembly!) so the results are pretty tight. You can watch Take This Baby and Deliver It to Death as one continuous video on Vimeo below, or as three separate chapters on YouTube:
While this is my first video essay in a year and a half, the next won't take so long: from now on, I will be posting one video essay every month.
The final image of this post contains a spoiler for Twin Peaks.
If you are up for more Lynch video tributes, my favorite recent discoveries are "35 Years of David Lynch" by Michael Warren (also featuring a lot of great music from Lynch films) and "Closer to BOB" by Matt Humphrey (syncing footage from Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me to a disturbingly appropriate Nine Inch Nails track). (Somehow, when initially publishing this, I forgot to mention the rather spectactular - and BEAUTIFULLY edited - tribute "David Lynch in Four Movements" by Richard Vezina, which is just about the most elegant and evocative expression of Lynch motifs possible.)
Here is my video in three parts on YouTube:
Part 1 - Denial
Part 2 - Discovery
Part 3 - Coda
This video tribute contains footage from the following David Lynch films and television series: Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Twin Peaks (1990-91), Wild at Heart (1990), and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), as well as the "closed" ending for the Twin Peaks pilot (aka the "European version"). It includes audio from Lost Highway (1997), Inland Empire (2006), and the "Twin Peaks" DVD special feature Secrets From Another Place: Creating Twin Peaks (2007).