Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Twenty Years On

20 years have passed since Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and here's a case for it as a lost classic and turning point in David Lynch's career. (Cinema ViewFinder)
Perhaps the most telling scene in the film is its opening, in which a slow zoom-out from a TV set ends with a club crashing down upon it. Lynch constantly thwarts any attempts to appease the shows fans and their questions about Cooper and Annie's ultimate fates while still reminding them that those loose ends are still dangling in a dream of Laura's midway through the film. Twenty years later, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me holds up far better than it did so soon after the series had been cancelled. FWWM is a pivot point in Lynch's career where the director first moved away from centering on male protagonists—such as Jeffrey in Blue Velvet and Sailor in Wild at Heart—and looked forward to focusing on female protagonists such as Mulholland Drive's Betty and Inland Empire's Nikki, women whose mental state—like Laura's—slowly unravels, their hallucinatory contents splayed onscreen for Lynch to pick through.

1 comment:

Alfred Soto said...

It's got terrible, terrible moments but it's my favorite second-tier Lynnch