David Lynch’s official bio reads: “Born Missoula, Mont. Eagle Scout.” And while those who are familiar with his brand of dark and disturbing cinema may suspect there is much, much more, perhaps those are the two essential ingredients that make up his strange and wonderful aesthetic, an aesthetic that can only be called “Lynchian." Mining the depths of his subconscious, Lynch has crafted a brilliant oeuvre of troubling yet familiar dreamscapes populated with particular characters, odd dialogue and bizarre scenarios that merge genres as disparate as film noir, the 50s coming of age picture, and the musical, sometimes all at once. But far more than pastiche, Lynch's films pioneer new forms, from his groundbreaking experimental debut Eraserhead (1977) to his widely lauded masterwork Mulholland Drive (2001). On the occasion of Lynch’s 75th birthday, a year that marks 50 years of his decidedly unique filmmaking, Mr. Lynch’s hometown movie theater is very proud to present a retrospective of his finest work.
Lost Highway: Set in a city suspiciously like Los Angeles, both blazingly modern and resolutely retro in look and feel. A jazz musician, tortured by the notion that his wife is having an affair, suddenly finds himself accused of her murder. In a parallel story, a young mechanic is drawn into a web of deceit by a temptress who is cheating on her gangster boyfriend. These two tales are linked by the fact that both women may, in fact, be the same woman. The men are also connected by a mysterious turn of events that calls into question their very identities.