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Justus Nieland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036934

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036934.001.0001

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Wrapped in Plastic

Wrapped in Plastic

(p.1) Wrapped in Plastic
David Lynch

Justus Nieland

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents a commentary on David Lynch's film career. It focuses on how plastic is the prime matter of his filmmaking, essential to his understanding of cinema. It takes up plasticity's capacity for infinite transformation as an architectural and design dynamic, a feature of mise-enscène, and a mode of fashioning and psychologizing cinematic space. It then explores the emotional registers of plasticity, attempting to explain a key affective paradox in Lynch's work: the way it seems both so manifestly insincere and so emotionally powerful, so impersonal and so intense. Finally, it considers Lynch's persistent tendency to think of forms of media and forms of life as related species. Here, plastic is useful for conceptualizing his picture of the human organism as malleable and heterogeneous. The films examined in this chapter include Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), and Lost Highway (1997).

Keywords:   David Lynch, filmmakers, film directors, plastic, interior design, plasticity, architecture, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Lost Highway

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