David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

David LynchLula LynchEdwina LynchDonald Lynch
Rick Barnes,Olivia Neergaard-Holm,1 more credit


David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) is a English movie. Rick Barnes,Olivia Neergaard-Holm,1 more credit has directed this movie. David Lynch,Lula Lynch,Edwina Lynch,Donald Lynch are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2016. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) is considered one of the best Documentary,Biography movie in India and around the world.

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema's most enigmatic directors. David Lynch the Art Life infuses Lynch's own art, music and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. As Lynch states "I think every time you do something, like a painting or whatever, you go with ideas and sometimes the past can conjure those ideas and color them, even if they're new ideas, the past colors them."


David Lynch: The Art Life (2016) Reviews

  • Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man


    David Lynch at around 70 years old talking, smoking, and doing his art. That's about it. But as he says about his childhood, when the whole world was only 2 blocks, but you can have everything you need in the world in 2 blocks, David Lynch - The Art Life - a film about 2 blocks long compared to a Hollywood blockbuster - still can give you everything you need for a really fascinating film experience. If you are hoping for an exploration of the films of David Lynch, and of the filmmaker David Lynch, stay at home. Only David Lynch the neophyte filmmaker is explored because this is a natural development of the real star of the show - David Lynch the painter. One day he sees one of his paintings moving, and that's when the seed is planted for him to make movies - he wants to make moving paintings. We see a lot of the finished artwork of David Lynch, and most of it is stunning and quite dark, the latter being somewhat of an incongruity considering that David Lynch seems to be a happy and contented person. In one scene, Mr. Lynch talks about showing his father some of his art as a young man, and his father's reaction is grave concern that Mr. Lynch is seriously mentally ill. "Don't have children," his father tells him. David Lynch once described his art as "violent comedy". Indeed, if you get the violence but not as much the comedy, you might think something is deranged about the man. During the whole 90 minutes I spent at the TIFF Lightbox Cinema in Toronto with David Lynch, I never got the sense that he was a nut job. His toddler of a daughter made several appearances in the film, and David Lynch was warm, playful, and attentive with her, and never acted bothered by her as she played while he was painting. He told story after story the way that regular guy that everybody likes in your life would. It finally occurred to me that Mr. Lynch had found the perfect catharsis in his art for anger and violence - which are within all of us - and the result was a cleansing of sorts, the mentally wholesome fellow I spent some time with yesterday at the cinema. Every art student, budding artist, artist wannabe, art appreciator, and artist appreciator should see David Lynch - The Art Life. And every David Lynch fan, of which I am one...a BIG one. The rest of you might be bored.

  • Eraserheadtrip.


    Much like a David Lynch film, the documentary on said subject "The Art Life", mixes surreal tales, uncomfortable silences, and gorgeous photography. Sure to befuddle many, this moody documentary concentrates on Lynch's visual art, barely touching on his filmmaking claim to fame. Revealed solely through his smoking words, "The Art Life" presents absorbing childhood recollections as Lynch creates his stark art pieces. It's beautifully shot, methodically paced, with a rather unsettling quality. There is no external opinion to be had, as the film exists entirely in Lynch's world. We see him making art, talking art, pondering art, and then making more art. He is obsessed, focused, but friendly and charming, whether in the midst of molding a creepy canvas, groping his shock of white hair, planning his next canvas move in a cloud of smoke, or interacting with his tiny daughter. The mystery of Hollywood's extreme outsider remains deliciously intact. Unforgettable.

  • An inspiring look


    As far as documentaries go, there have been more substantial and significant, affecting ones that have come out about artists' work. However, considering that David Lynch is one of the most enigmatic directors who fully represent and defy what art means, of course any film revolved around him would get the job done. This film takes a pretty simplistic approach in examining him and it's a collection of stories he gives about his childhood, but they're all worth it. This would be a fascinating documentary for any die-hard fan as well as any other film buff in general. Definitely recommended.

  • In his own words


    The Art Life is not a movie about David Lynch. It is David Lynch, and it's terrific. The filmmakers have done such an such outstanding job I can't imagine a better portrait of David Lynch ever being done. I love the scope of the movie because it focuses on the man himself, his early life and work, and his painting. There is nothing about Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, The Elephant Man, or any David Lynch movie except Eraserhead. I prefer to watch David Lynch movies without coloration from commentary or analysis, even if it were from he himself. He would likely not comment anyway, and what he says about Eraserhead is of a general nature. The Art Life is largely David Lynch. There are no interviews with friends, family, or movie people. The voice of the movie literally and figuratively is David Lynch, and it is a pleasure. The man's very words are poetry. The movie is beautifully made and filled with his words and art. What more could you ask for? Other images such as places where David Lynch lived or worked and family photos blend in well. The sound design, including some of David Lynch's own music, is never obtrusive and enhances the overall mood. There is a nice feature interview with filmmaker (one of three) Jon Nguyen on the Criterion Collection DVD. He shows his deep respect for and curiosity about David Lynch, and that feeling comes across in the movie. No more needs to be said. If you are a David Lynch fan who hasn't seen The Art Life, see it. You are in for a treat.

  • An inspiring documentary about Lynch his artistic talent


    David LYNCH: THE ART LIFE: INSPIRING I know David Lynch mainly from the Twin Peaks series I love. The fact that Lynch is not only a great film director but also an artist - and an inspiring one – comes as a pleasant surprise. ARTISTIC During the film Lynch is busy with extraordinary figures, shapes and materials. I did not understand what he was doing and at the same time it was very inspiring to watch. His artistic talent becomes clear from purely looking at him. I also saw many impressive paintings from him. CINEMORE The documentary about Lynch was shown during a monthly evening in Cinecenter, Amsterdam: Cinemore, an in-depth program for special films. Prior to the film a lecture was held, which was brought with humor. A nice introduction to this documentary. TWIN PEAKS One of the reasons I wanted to see David Lynch: The Art Life was to learn more about Twin Peaks and how he developed it. Unfortunately, this is not discussed in the film. Only a small part is about how he entered the film world. PERSONAL LIFE For the most part, and of course the name says it all, this documentary is about his artist's existence. In addition, his family ties and his personal life are discussed. Funnily enough, he himself is often the narrator of the story. That sometimes makes the film chaotic and difficult to follow. CONCLUSION The biggest conclusion I can draw after watching is that David Lynch is an intriguing man. David Lynch: The Art Life is an inspiring documentary, with the only two drawbacks that Twin Peaks gets no attention and that the voice-over by himself is not always the most informative choice. Nonetheless: recommended. www.ongevraagdfilmadvies.com


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