David Lynch filmography

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Lynch, speaking in 2007

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style which has been dubbed "Lynchian"[1] and is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences.[2]

Lynch's oeuvre includes short and feature-length films, music videos, documentaries and television episodes; while his involvement in these ranges from direction, production, screenwriting, acting and sound design. Lynch's first project was the 1967 short Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times), an animated film which blended elements of sculpture and painting into its animation.[3] His first feature-length project, 1977's Eraserhead, became a cult film and launched his commercial career.[4] It also marked his first collaboration with Jack Nance, an actor who would appear in many more of Lynch's productions until his death in 1996.[5] Lynch's other feature films include the critically successful The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001), all of which went on to earn Academy Award nominations;[6][7][8] and the commercial flop Dune.[9]

Lynch has also branched out into television, and later, internet-based series. His first foray into the medium was Twin Peaks, a joint venture with Mark Frost. Twin Peaks became a cult success,[10] leading to Lynch and Frost working together on a number of other projects, including On the Air,[11] and American Chronicles.[12] In 2002 Lynch began producing two series of shorts released through his official website—the Flash-animated DumbLand,[13] and Rabbits.[14] Having begun acting in his 1972 short The Amputee,[15] Lynch went on to appear on-camera in Twin Peaks,[16] Zelly and Me and Dune.[17] From 2007, Lynch has appeared in a recurring voice role in the animated series The Cleveland Show.[18]

Feature films[edit]

As director[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes Ref(s)
1977 Eraserhead Yes Yes Yes Also editor, composer, art director, and special effects [17]
1980 The Elephant Man Yes Yes No Also musical director and sound designer;
Co-written with Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren
[17]
1984 Dune Yes Yes No [17]
1986 Blue Velvet Yes Yes No [17]
1990 Wild at Heart Yes Yes No [17]
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Yes Yes Executive Also sound designer;
Co-written with Robert Engels
[17]
1997 Lost Highway Yes Yes No Also sound designer;
Co-written with Barry Gifford
[17]
1999 The Straight Story Yes No No Also sound designer [17]
2001 Mulholland Drive Yes Yes No Also sound designer [17]
2006 Inland Empire Yes Yes Yes Also editor, cinematographer and sound designer [17]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Ref(s)
1980 Heart Beat Painter [19]
1984 Dune Commander of the harvester crew mining spice (uncredited cameo) [20]
1988 Zelly and Me Willie [17]
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Gordon Cole [17]
1994 Nadja Morgue Receptionist (cameo) [17]
2006 Inland Empire Bucky J (uncredited voice) [21]
2017 Girlfriend's Day Narrator (voice) [22]
Lucky Howard [23]
TBA A Fall from Grace William Tabb [24]

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Producer Actor Notes Ref(s)
1967 Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) Yes No Yes No Also animator [17][25]
Absurd Encounter with Fear Yes Yes No No [26]
Fictitious Anacin Commercial Yes Yes No No [26]
1968 The Alphabet Yes Yes No No Also editor, cinematographer, animator and sound [17][25]
1970 The Grandmother Yes Yes Yes No Also cinematographer, animator and sound effects [17]
1974 The Amputee Yes No No Yes Role: Unable and scared nurse [15][17]
1988 The Cowboy and the Frenchman Yes No No No [17]
1995 Premonition Following an Evil Deed Yes No No No [17]
2002 Darkened Room Yes Yes Yes No Also animator [27][28]
2007 Absurda Yes Yes No No [29][30]
Boat Yes No No No Also editor [30]
Bug Crawls Yes No No No [31]
Lamp Yes No No Yes Role: Himself [31]
Industrial Soundscape Yes No No No [31]
Intervalometer Experiments Yes No No No [31]
More Things That Happened Yes Yes No No Also editor [32]
Ballerina Yes No No No [32]
2009 Soul Detective No No No Yes Role: Detective [33][34]
2010 Dream #7 Yes No No No [35]
Lady Blue Shanghai Yes Yes No No Also editor and composer [36]
2011 The 3 R's Yes Yes No No Also editor and cinematographer
2013 Idem Paris Yes No No No [37]
2017 What Did Jack Do? Yes Yes No Yes Role: Detective [38]
The Black Ghiandola No No No Yes Role: Man In Black [39]
2018 Ant Head Yes Yes Yes No [40]

Television and web series[edit]

A man in a tuxedo looks directly at the camera, slightly smiling
Twin Peaks earned several nominations at the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards (Lynch pictured at the ceremony).
A blonde woman and a grey-haired man, holding hands and smiling
Lynch has worked with Naomi Watts on several projects, including Rabbits and Mulholland Drive.

Television series[edit]

Series Year Director Writer Producer Other Notes Ref(s)
Twin Peaks 1990–1991 (ABC) Yes Yes Executive Yes Co-created with Mark Frost
Director (6 episodes)
Writer (4 episodes)
[17]
American Chronicles 1990 (Fox) Yes No No No Episode: "Champions" [41]
On the Air 1992 (ABC) Yes Yes Executive Yes Co-created with Mark Frost
Director (Episode: "The Lester Guy Show")
Writer (2 episodes)
[41]
Hotel Room 1993 (HBO) Yes No Executive Yes Co-created with Monty Montgomery
Director (2 episodes)
Also sound designer
[41]
Twin Peaks 2017 (Showtime) Yes Yes Executive Yes Co-created with Mark Frost
Also sound designer and additional editor
[17]

Web series[edit]

Series Year Director Writer Producer Creator Ref(s)
DumbLand 2002 Yes Yes Yes Yes [28]
Rabbits Yes Yes Yes Yes [28]
Out Yonder 2007 Yes Yes Yes Yes [31]

Acting Roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Gordon Cole 6 episodes [17]
2002 DumbLand All voices 8 episodes [28]
2010–2013 The Cleveland Show Gus the Bartender (voice) 20 episodes [18]
2010
2016
Family Guy Gus the Bartender / Himself (voices) Episodes: "The Splendid Source" and "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" [42][43]
2012 Louie Jack Dall Episodes: "Late Show (Part 2 & 3)" [44][45]
2017 Twin Peaks Gordon Cole 11 episodes [17]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Musician Ref(s)
1990 "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak [46]
1992 "A Real Indication" Thought Gang [47]
1995 "Longing" X Japan [46][48]
1999 "Thank You, Judge" BlueBob [49]
2009 "Shot in the Back of the Head" Moby [50]
2010 "I Touch a Red Button Man" Interpol [51][52]
2012 "Crazy Clown Time" David Lynch [53]
2013 "Came Back Haunted" Nine Inch Nails [54]

Commercials[edit]

Year Commercial Title Subject Ref(s)
1988 "F. Scott Fitzgerald", "Ernest Hemingway", "D.H. Lawrence" Obsession by Calvin Klein [55][56]
1991 "Mystery of G", "Cherry Pie", "Lost", "The Rescue" Georgia Coffee [55][56]
"We Care About New York" New York City Department of Sanitation [55][56][57]
N/A Dangerous by Michael Jackson [58]
1992 "Who Is Gio?" Gio by Armani [55][56]
"Opium" Opium by Yves Saint Laurent [55][56]
1993 N/A Alka-Seltzer Plus [55][56]
"Tresor" Lancôme Tresor [56][59]
N/A Barilla Pasta [55][56]
"Revealed" American Cancer Society [56][57][59]
"The Instinct of Life" Background by Jil Sander [56][59]
1994 "Sun Moon Stars" Sun Moon Stars by Lagerfield [55][56]
1997 "Dead Leaves", "Aunt Droid", "Nuclear Winter", "Rocket" Sci-Fi Channel [56][59]
N/A Clearblue Easy [55][56]
1998 "Parisienne People" Parisienne [56][59]
2000 "Welcome to the Third Place", "Rabbits", "Bambi", "Blind", "Wolfman", "Jimmy", "Overboard" PlayStation 2 [55][56]
"Un matin partout dans le monde" JCDecaux [59]
2002 "Do you speak Micra?" Nissan Micra [55][56]
2007 "Gucci" Gucci [60]
2014 N/A Louboutin Rouge [61]

Other work[edit]

Documentary films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Himself Ref(s)
1990 Hollywood Mavericks Yes [17]
For One Week Only Yes
1994 Crumb Executive [17]
1998 Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch Yes [17]
2001 I Don't Know Jack Yes [17]
Eraserhead Stories Yes Yes [17]
2004 Dennis Hopper: The Decisive Moments Yes [17]
2005 Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream Yes [17]
2007 Lynch Yes [17]
2008 Sunshine Superman: The Journey of Donovan Yes [17]
2009 Transcendendo Lynch Yes [17]
Great Directors Yes [17]
2010 2012: Time for Change Yes [27]
2011 Meditation Creativity Peace Yes [17]
2012 Side by Side Yes [17]
2016 My Beautiful Broken Brain Yes [62]
David Lynch: The Art Life Yes [63][64][65]

Executive Producer[edit]

Year Title Ref(s)
1991 The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez [17]
1994 Nadja [17]
2008 Surveillance [17]
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? [17]
2019 The Happy Worker [66]

Concert films[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Himself Notes Ref(s)
1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1 Yes Yes Also composer [17]
2014 Duran Duran: Unstaged Yes Yes [67]

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Rodley & Lynch 2005, pp. 109 & 192.
  2. ^ Rodley & Lynch 2005, p. 245.
  3. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, pp. 19–20.
  4. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 31.
  5. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 129.
  6. ^ "74th Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "59th Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "53rd Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  9. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 51.
  10. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, pp. 69–74.
  11. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, pp. 17.
  12. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, pp. 105–106.
  13. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 136.
  14. ^ Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 117.
  15. ^ a b Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 130.
  16. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | Lynch, David". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap Ankeny, Jason. "David Lynch movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography". AllMovie. Allrovi. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  18. ^ a b "David Lynch Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  19. ^ Cozzolino 2014, p. 37.
  20. ^ Lynch, David (2013-06-29). "David Lynch Interview: Dune Cameo". Youtube. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
  21. ^ Nordine, Michael (September 29, 2018). "David Lynch as Actor: How His Onscreen Persona Has Evolved From 'The Cleveland Show' to 'Lucky'". Indiewire. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  22. ^ Schager, Nick (February 15, 2017). "Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul's' Future and 'Unstable' President Trump". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 26, 2017. Of all the unexpected things about Girlfriend’s Day, maybe the most unexpected is the fact that the opening narration... is handled by none other than David Lynch.
  23. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 7, 2016). "Harry Dean Stanton To Topline John Carroll Lynch's Indie 'Lucky'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  24. ^ Gregg Kilday (February 28, 2013). "David Lynch to Appear in His Daughter Jennifer's Feature 'A Fall From Grace'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  25. ^ a b Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 21.
  26. ^ a b "David Lynch – The Lime Green Set – Mystery Disc (2008)". Cinema of the World. June 18, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  27. ^ a b "David Lynch – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  28. ^ a b c d Barney 2009, p. xxix.
  29. ^ "Chacun son cinéma" (PDF). Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2015. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  30. ^ a b Barney 2009, p. xxxi.
  31. ^ a b c d e Rich, Jamie S. (February 4, 2007). "Dynamic: 01 – The Best of DavidLynch.com : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  32. ^ a b Barney 2009, p. xxx.
  33. ^ Disgusting, Mr (February 2, 2009). "David Lynch Stars in Online Short 'Soul Detective'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  34. ^ Hart, Hugh. "David Lynch's Interview Project Probes American Dreams". Wired. Wired. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  35. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2073510/reference
  36. ^ Menkes, Suzy (May 18, 2010). "Fashion films become the hottest new accessories: From Chanel to Dior, houses are getting in on branding revolution". International Herald Tribune. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on May 15, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2012. (subscription required)
  37. ^ Fischer, Russ (February 12, 2013). "David Lynch Short Film Idem Paris Recalls the Industrial Tone of His Debut". /Film. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  38. ^ [1]
  39. ^ "Johnny Depp Joins Film Project For Teen Living With Stage 4 Cancer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  40. ^ Sharf, Zack (November 14, 2018). "David Lynch Directs Bugs Crawling on Cheese in Bizarre Short 'Ant Head' — Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  41. ^ a b c Barney 2009, p. xxvi.
  42. ^ "Family Guy – The Splendid Source". Yahoo!. Retrieved August 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  43. ^ "How the Griffin Stole Christmas". Family Guy. Season 15. Episode 9. December 11, 2016. Fox Broadcasting Company.
  44. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 14, 2012). "'Late Show (Part 2)' | Louie | TV Club". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  45. ^ VanDerWerff, Emily (September 21, 2012). "'Late Show (Part 3)' | Louie | TV Club". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  46. ^ a b Odell & Le Blanc 2007, p. 133.
  47. ^ "Lime Green Box Set". DUGPA. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  48. ^ Winning, Josh (December 7, 2010). "18 Weirdest David Lynch Projects | Longing". Total Film. Future Publishing. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  49. ^ "Blue Bob Overview". Lynchnet. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  50. ^ Winning, Josh (December 7, 2010). "18 Weirdest David Lynch Projects | Shot in the Back of the Head". Total Film. Future Publishing. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  51. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (July 13, 2011). "Watch Interpol's Collaboration With David Lynch". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  52. ^ Roa, Ray (April 14, 2011). "Interpol details creepy Coachella plans with David Lynch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  53. ^ O'Neal, Sean (April 2, 2012). "Today in music videos: David Lynch invites you to a surprisingly literal "Crazy Clown Time | Music | Newswire". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  54. ^ Phillips, Amy and Jenn Pelly (June 19, 2013). "David Lynch to Direct Nine Inch Nails' "Came Back Haunted" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  55. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Greene, Nick. "15 Commercials Directed By David Lynch". Mental Floss. Mental Floss. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
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  57. ^ a b Metcalfe, John. "David Lynch's Freakish Advertisements: The Rats of New York City". City Lab. City Lab. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  58. ^ Winning, Josh (December 7, 2010). "18 Weirdest David Lynch Projects | Dangerous". Total Film. Future Publishing. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
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  60. ^ Gandert, Sean (October 2, 2007). "David Lynch does Gucci". www.pastemagazine.com. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  61. ^ Rhodes, Margaret. "David Lynch's New Ad for Nail Polish Is as Weird as You'd Expect". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  62. ^ Spangler, Todd (February 5, 2016). "Netflix Picks Up 'My Beautiful Broken Brain' Documentary from David Lynch". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  63. ^ Lodge, Guy (September 17, 2016). "Film Review: 'David Lynch: The Art Life'". Variety. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  64. ^ "73rd Venice International Film Festival". Venice Film Festival. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  65. ^ Kreps, Daniel (September 2, 2016). "Creep Into David Lynch's World in First 'Art Life' Documentary Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  66. ^ "'Poldark' & 'Valley Girl' Star Josh Whitehouse Leads Cast In 'The Happy Worker', David Lynch Execs". Deadline. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  67. ^ name=Duran Duran>Jason Newman (August 13, 2014). "Duran Duran's David Lynch-Directed Film Hits Theaters for One Night Only". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 27, 2015.

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