David Lynch: The Art Life

An intimate journey through the formative years of [Lynch’s] 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.


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  • ★★★★ review by Marian on Letterboxd

    honestly how did david lynch not grow up to be a serial killer

  • ★★★★★ review by 👽 Zara 👽 on Letterboxd

    i like to imagine that david lynch and i are sitting down in a little studio, bits of wood and knick knacks scattered as we work on strange little paintings together as he tells me all about his life experiences and i just intently watch and listen because i've never been more enthralled with a person's life experiences before.

    this film is pretty much the equivalent of the above imagining.

  • ★★★½ review by Justin LaLiberty on Letterboxd

    I could listen to David talk about his hatred of school for hours.

    "Powerful hate."

  • ★★★★ review by Mika Strouse on Letterboxd

    An essential look into David's childhood, creative process and glimpses of how he thinks. He really does invite you into his brain - personally I found the documentary to be raw, edgy and quite disturbing too. Lynch can unease you with his stories - just the way he talks and the stories - you are given a gift albeit a strange one with a touch of humour and a just a little light.

    As he talks about his upbringing - people surrounding him who guided and helped him - he talks so fondly of his early childhood, family, his brush with the dark side and most importantly (for me) his move to Philadelphia which he initially found so dark, depressing - yet this brought out his most creative dark side. A true retrospective for any Lynchian.

  • ★★★★ review by Eric Pereira on Letterboxd

    David Lynch > Bob Dylan

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