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 JackBool96 on Letterboxd

    I get up when I want except on Wednesdays when I get rudely awakened by the lady singing in the radiator (art life).

  • ★★★★★ 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.

  • ★★★★ review by rhg on Letterboxd

    I went to a screening of David Lynch: The Art Life for the Montreal International Documentary Festival. I was very excited to watch this because I had fallen in love with Lynch's cinematic work a couple months ago and I was intrigued by his paintings. I have waited three days before I wrote any sort of review because I didn't know how to explain what I felt after watching this documentary, not because of the film itself, but because of the way David Lynch as a person inspires me.

    Technically, this film is, in my opinion, very well done. The cinematography is beautiful and I love how this movie doesn't follow the regular documentary formula. This feels more like David Lynch is telling us a fascinating story through his own words.

    Lynch is a very mysterious man. He won't explain his art into words and he has a unique way to translate his ideas into a movie or a painting. Through this documentary, I felt like i could have a small glimpse into his mind, but when it ended, I still had so many questions.

    Well, this ''review'' is a mess, but I would highly suggest watching this.

  • ★★★½ review by Justin LaLiberty on Letterboxd

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

    "Powerful hate."

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