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The Short Films of David Lynch (2002)

A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

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The Alphabet (1968)
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Peggy Lynch
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland
The Amputee (1974)
Short | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A double leg amputated woman sits and writes a long meandering letter while her ineffective nurse attempts to attend to her stumps.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A short continuously looping animation of six grotesque human figures vomiting.

Director: David Lynch
DumbLand (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A series of 5-minute line animations (drawn in the rough style and with the minimalist plots of David Lynch's The Angriest Dog in the World comic strip) featuring an angry and violent Neanderthal, and his family and neighbors.

Stars: David Lynch
Les Français vus par (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1988, the Figaro magazine asked to a few famous directors a series of short movies, to celebrate the 10 years of the revue. The thematic : The French seen by - The movies have been released for the French revolution bicentenary.

Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Golchan, Jack Nance
Rabbits (2002)
Short | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring
Short | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Man approaches a Women in a field.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jack Fisk, Peggy Lynch
Darkened Room (2002)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

John's struggle to get out of a locked room with a sinister secret inside.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Jordan Ladd, Etsuko Shikata, Cerina Vincent
Eraserhead Stories (Video 2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The enduring hope that humanity may or may not persevere. A tale of love and abandonment.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Catherine E. Coulson, David Lynch, Jack Nance
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After her boyfriend ends their relationship, the dreamself of a heartbroken woman floats through the air over an industrial wasteland singing ballads of love.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Julee Cruise
Boat (Video 2007)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A journey into night.

Director: David Lynch
Stars: David Lynch, Emily Stofle
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Jeffe Alperi ...
Policeman ("Lumiere and Company") (archive footage)
Robert Chadwick ...
Father ("The Grandmother") (archive footage)
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Amputee ("The Amputee") (archive footage)
Eddy Dixon ...
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Rick Guillory ...
Howdy ("The Cowboy and the Frenchman") (archive footage)
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Gun Twirler ("The Cowboy and the Frenchman") (archive footage)
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Policeman
Stan Lothridge ...
Policeman ("Lumiere and Company") (archive footage)
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Himself - Narrator
Peggy Lynch ...
Girl ("The Alphabet") (archive footage)
Virginia Maitland ...
Mother ("The Grandmother") (archive footage)
Dorothy McGinnis ...
Grandmother ("The Grandmother") (archive footage)
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Pete ("The Cowboy and the Frenchman") (archive footage)
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This collection of David Lynch's short films cover the first 29 years of his career. Each film is given a special introduction by the director himself. His earliest underground films Six Figures Getting Sick (1966), The Alphabet (1968), The Grandmother (1970) and The Amputee (1974) are showcased as well as two requisitioned works well into his successful career The Cowboy and the Frenchman (1988) and his addition for Lumière and Company (1995). Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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Untie!
10 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's really nice having this collection around. Lynch's short films are important because they are a more potent and unabridged form of his style and work--he has a lot more freedom with the form, and thus can do basically whatever comes to mind, versus making things feature length which also means making them feature-like.

Some are better than others. Some are wildly out there. Overall they're great fun to show to friends for that whole, "What the--?" value when they're unfamiliar with who you're presenting, and anybody who is familiar with the material will enjoy it anyway.

I don't know where I stand on Lynch's introductions, though. On one hand, it's nice to have a back story so that the viewer knows not only what he's watching, but how it came to be and thus, to a degree, what it means. However, some of it gets pretty tedious. I relate to a lot of Lynch's emotions when he describes the processes and events that got him into film, but still, I'd rather just get to the film. The DVD this comes with has the nice ability to go right to the films from the menues, but there's no "play all without introduction" so that can be tedious too.

But overall, definitely worth the time and effort to find and watch this.

--PolarisDiB


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