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David Lynch

David Keith Lynch is an American filmmaker and professor at the European Graduate School. Lynch initially intended to become a painter. He attended several art schools before settling at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he began working with film. During this period he produced four short films with grants from the American Film Institute. After several exhibitions at local galleries, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Center for Advanced Film Studies. He began working on his first feature, Eraserhead with Jack Nance in the lead role. Eraserhead was completed in 1976.

He has referred to Eraserhead as my Philadelphia story, meaning it reflects all of the dangerous and fearful elements he encountered while studying and living in Philadephia. [1] (http://www.davidlynch.de/tiplynchtrans.html) He said "this feeling left its traces deep down inside me. And when it came out again, it became Eraserhead".

His films tend to feature small-town America (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet) or the sprawling vastness of Los Angeles (Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr.) and the dark underbelly that exists in each. Sound in his films is as important as the image, with each soundtrack being worked on with painstaking care. He has managed to establish himself as one of the few modern directors whose visual and verbal style is instantly recognisable.

Despite his almost exclusive focus on America, like Woody Allen, Lynch has found a large audience in France with the likes of Mulholland Dr., Lost Highway and Fire Walk With Me finding funding from French production companies. He has twice won France's C├ęsar Award for Best Foreign Film and served as President of the jury at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where he had won the Palme d'Or in 1990. He was also honored in 2002 by the French government with the Legion of Honor.

Lynch has cited the Austrian expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka. as an inspiration for his works. He continues to present art installatons and stage designs. In his spare time, he also designs and builds furniture. Lynch was also responsible for the comic strip The Angriest Dog in the World.

In the 1980's Lynch was an admirer of Ronald Reagan and had dinner with the Reagans at the White House. Years later when someone made a disparaging comment about Nancy Reagan he spoke up and defended her.

Lynch is the father of director Jennifer Lynch. Lynch was married to Isabella Rossellini.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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David Lynch Facts

BirthdayJanuary 20, 1946 (76)
BirthplaceMissoula, Montana, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is David Lynch compared to you?
Social Media DAVID_LYNCH

Selected Filmography

Blue Velvet
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
Lost Highway
Wild At Heart
Mulholland Drive
The Straight Story
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