Lost in the Movies: JOURNEY THROUGH TWIN PEAKS is back, starting today (video)

JOURNEY THROUGH TWIN PEAKS is back, starting today (video)



Tonight is the 30th anniversary of the Twin Peaks pilot in 1990. For a long time, this has been my target date to finally renew my Journey Through Twin Peaks video series, and I'm happy to announce that I've met that target. I just published the first new chapter in five years, "The Dance Resumes" (about the status of the series just before it began its comeback that would lead to season three), and you can watch it above.

As with the earlier chapters, I will post updates to this site once a week if I've published something in the interim (if not, I'll offer a film review, a Patreon update, or something else - I will only be posting once on Wednesdays now on, until I have another series like my Mad Men seasonal viewing diary ready for Mondays). However, the official cross-post for these videos will be saved for the completion of Part 5, "Over the Mountain Pass." That is scheduled for May 21, the 3rd anniversary of the season 3 premiere, when I will publish the final chapter of this part - which documents the winding path back to Twin Peaks through the fandom, the preparation of Lynch and Frost, the individual careers of Lynch and Frost, as well contributions of collaborators on the original series. That chapter will finally reach The Return, as Showtime called the new season in 2017.

Chapter 29 opens with images from the haunting Lynch short Ballerina, shot around the time of his last feature Inland Empire, over which I discuss the state of Lynch, Frost, and Twin Peaks in the mid-2000s. The series is hard to find in one place on home video, the fan magazine has just closed shop, and the co-creators are as far apart creatively as they've ever been. But a new DVD set brings them back together, and the journey begins again...


Here are the sources for all of the clips included in that last montage. I will probably include a more detailed, illustrated list when all of Part 5 is published in May. Unless otherwise noted, attribution is for director (and their episode of Twin Peaks, numbering not including the pilot).

1) SIX MEN GETTING SICK 1967 (David Lynch) • 2) 16MM EXPERIMENTS OF DAVID LYNCH 1967 • 3) THE GRANDMOTHER 1970 (Lynch) • 4) ERASERHEAD 1977 (Lynch) • 5) THE ELEPHANT MAN 1980 • 6) CHRISTIANE F. 1981 (Uli Edel, director of episode twenty-one) • 7) THE ESCAPE ARTIST 1982 (Caleb Deschanel, director of episodes six, fifteen, and nineteen) • 8) FRANCES 1982 (Graeme Clifford, director of episode twelve) • 9) DUNE 1984 (Lynch) • 10) HILL STREET BLUES 1984 (written by Mark Frost) • 11) CODE NAME EMERALD 1985 (Jonathan Sanger, director of episode twenty-six) • 12) BLUE VELVET 1986 (Lynch) • 13) HEAVEN 1987 (Diane Keaton, director of episode twenty-two) • 14) SCARED STIFF 1987 (written by Frost) • 15) THE BELIEVERS 1987 (written by Frost) • 16) LESS THAN ZERO 1987 (written by Harley Peyton, writer of many episodes) • 17) ZELLY & ME 1987 (Tina Rathborne, director of episodes three and seventeen) • 18) THE WIZARD 1989 (Todd Holland, director of episodes eleven and twenty) • 19) TWIN PEAKS SEASON 1 1990 • 20) NORTHERN EXPOSURE 1990 (inspired by) • 21) WILD AT HEART 1990 (Lynch) • 22) AFTER DARK, MY SWEET 1990 (James Foley, director of episode twenty-four) • 23) AMERICAN CHRONICLES 1990 (Frost) • 24) TWIN PEAKS SEASON 2 1990 • 25) A KILLING IN A SMALL TOWN 1990 (Stephen Gyllenhaal, director of episode twenty-seven) • 26) EERIE, INDIANA 1991 (inspired by) • 27) TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME 1992 • 28) STORYVILLE, 1992 (Frost) • 29) ON THE AIR 1992 (Lynch, written by Frost) • 30) TWIN PEAKS GEORGIA COFFEE COMMERCIALS 1993 (Lynch) • 31) HOTEL ROOM 1993 (Lynch) • 32) PICKET FENCES 1993 (inspired by) • 33) THE X-FILES 1993 (inspired by) • 34) NOW AND THEN 1995 (Lesli Linka Glatter, director of episodes five, ten, thirteen, and twenty-three) • 35) LIVING IN OBLIVION 1995 (inspired by) • 36) THE SIMPSONS 1995 (inspired by) • 37) LOST HIGHWAY 1997 (Lynch) • 38) HALLOWEENTOWN 1998 (Duwayne Dunham, director of episodes one, eighteen, and twenty-five) • 39) BUDDY FARO 1998 (written by Frost) • 40) THE STRAIGHT STORY, 1999 (Lynch) • 41) THE SOPRANOS 2000 (inspired by) • 42) THE DEADLY LOOK OF LOVE 2000 (written by Frost) • 43) MATTHEW BLACKHEART, MONSTER SMASHER 2000 (written by Robert Engels, writer of many episodes) • 44) MULHOLLAND DRIVE 2001 (Lynch) • 45) ALL SOULS 2001 (written by Frost) • 46) DUMBLAND 2002 (Lynch) • 47) DARKENED ROOM 2002 (Lynch) • 48) RABBITS 2002 (Lynch) • 49) CARNIVALE 2003 (inspired by) • 50) LOST 2004 (inspired by) • 51) SIX FEET UNDER 2005 (inspired by) • 52) THE FANTASTIC FOUR 2005 (written by Frost) • 53) THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED 2005 (written by Frost) • 54) INLAND EMPIRE 2006 (Lynch) • 55) BALLERINA 2007 (Lynch) • 56) MEDITATION, PEACE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS 2012 (documentary about Lynch's 2007 world tour) • 57) BARABOO 2009 (Mary Sweeney, Lynch collaborator and editor of episode 14) • 58) PSYCH 2010 (inspired by) • 59) LADY BLUE SHANGHAI 2010 (Lynch) • 60) DURAN DURAN: UNSTAGED 2011 (Lynch) • 61) CRAZY CLOWN TIME 2012 (Lynch) • 62) MAD MEN 2012 (inspired by) • 63) TRUE DETECTIVE 2014 (inspired by) • 64) FARGO 2015 (inspired by) • 65) THE ART LIFE 2016 (documentary about Lynch)

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