Lost in the Movies (formerly The Dancing Image): Is Twin Peaks a dream? & much more ... April 2019 Patreon Podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #3 - Season 1 Episode 3 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #54 - Cooper's dream or mediated reality? (bonus conversation w/ John Thorne + favorite films archive #67 - 57: The Apu Trilogy, Rear Window, Au Hasard Balthazar, The Best Years of Our Lives, 42nd Street, Barry Lyndon, Apocalypse Now, Civilisation, Dekalog, Annie Hall, Casablanca)

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Is Twin Peaks a dream? & much more ... April 2019 Patreon Podcasts: LOST IN TWIN PEAKS #3 - Season 1 Episode 3 and LOST IN THE MOVIES #54 - Cooper's dream or mediated reality? (bonus conversation w/ John Thorne + favorite films archive #67 - 57: The Apu Trilogy, Rear Window, Au Hasard Balthazar, The Best Years of Our Lives, 42nd Street, Barry Lyndon, Apocalypse Now, Civilisation, Dekalog, Annie Hall, Casablanca)


"We live inside a dream..." and with this episode the dream continues. I conducted a long interview with Twin Peaks scholar John Thorne last December but almost immediately after he dove into an extensive new analysis and hoped we could discuss this too. So a few weeks ago we talked again, this time focused mostly on his thesis that the third season of Twin Peaks is a "mediated reality" in which we view Cooper's vision of "real" events (though what's "real" is itself a sticky question). I've shared selections from this conversation publicly on YouTube, divided into the following topics: The Return as dream/mediated reality; the desire or necessity for a dream/mediated reality interpretation; the beginning and end of The Return and the end of Fire Walk With Me; and Cooper's interpretation as a "cover story."


Here are my Patreon podcasts this month, starting with the $5/month Twin Peaks rewatch in which I go episode by episode through the entire series. David Lynch returns to the show he kicked off and incorporates his alternate ending to the pilot, which I incorporate at length. There are also asides into the context of the time, including surrounding shows like an interview with Donald Trump's mistress and the quintessentially late eighties/early nights cop show Max Monroe (which must be seen to be believed). This is one of my longest episodes for season one, as the "uncanny" truly begins to blossom in the small Northwestern town.


Besides an additional hour of conversation with John Thorne (the whole section runs for over eighty minutes), I continue my "Favorites" reading series with classics from Hitchcock, Kubrick, and Coppola among others; updates, podcast recommendations, and listener feedback will be saved for next month as this episode was already quite long without them.


Podcast Line-ups for...

...Lost in Twin Peaks #3

INTRO

THE OPENING OF THE EPISODE

DIRECTOR/WRITERS

PRODUCTION CONTEXT mostly alternate ending to the pilot ("The European Version")

TV CONTEXT (when it aired, ratings, surrounding shows: ABC Prime Time Live w/ Marla Maples, Max Monroe: Loose Cannon, Cheers, Wings series premiere)

HISTORICAL CONTEXT (#1 movie, TIME cover, world events: Sandinista-Contra truce, Sixers vs. Pistons fight)

CRITICAL RECEPTION w/ media quotes

FAN RECEPTION w/ Usenet & dugpa memory quotes

PERSONAL RECEPTION

THE FEEL OF THE EPISODE

THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISODE

WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER? (new clues, each part of the investigation, the big picture)

SCENES ORGANIZED BY LAURA STORY
Murder / Family / Bobby / James / Donna / Ronette / Therapy / Drugs (selling) / Leo / Charity / Spirituality / "Mystery Man" new: Ben

SCENES ORGANIZED BY NON-LAURA STORY
Packard family / Horne family / Ghostwood deal & Saw Mill plot / Shelly, Bobby & Leo / James & Donna / Nadine's drape runners / Ed & Norma / Cooper & Audrey / Cocaine in Twin Peaks / One-armed man new: One Eye Jack's / Invitation to Love

LOCATIONS

CHARACTERS (introductions, first interactions, rankings)

COFFEE, PIE & DONUTS (+ other food & cigarettes)

THE UNCANNY

WHAT IS TWIN PEAKS?

WHO IS AGENT COOPER? 

WHO IS LAURA PALMER?

READINGS FROM MY OTHER WORK

SEMI-SPOILER SECTION (later context & overall shape of the show):

EPISODE RANK & LOG LADY INTRO

READINGS FROM MY SEMI-SPOILER WORK (including episode rank)

SPOILER SECTION (for future episodes):

CHARACTER MILESTONES

READINGS FROM MY SPOILER WORK

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS


Lost in the Movies Episode 54

INTRO

TWIN PEAKS REFLECTIONS: bonus John Thorne conversation

OPENING THE ARCHIVE - Continuing the Favorites: 
#67 THE APU TRILOGY
#66 REAR WINDOW
#65 AU HASARD BALTHAZAR
#64 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
#63 42ND STREET
#62 BARRY LYNDON
#61 APOCALYPSE NOW
#60 CIVILISATION
#59 DEKALOG
#58 ANNIE HALL
#57 CASABLANCA

OUTRO

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