“My cow is not pretty, but it is pretty to me.” – David Lynch
Multi-talented American filmmaker David Lynch, who is also a painter, musician, sound designer, actor, singer and photographer, is revered for his brilliant films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive as well as his cult classic television series Twin Peaks. His work is critically acclaimed, with Lynch being labelled as the “first popular surrealist” and collecting a cult following in the process. In 2007, a panel of critics assembled by The Guardian concluded that Lynch is “the most important film-maker of the current era” and cemented his place in the annals of cinematic history.
Lynch’s pictures have inspired a generation of filmmakers, including the Argentine director Gaspar Noé who is famous for his psychedelic films such as Enter the Void and the more recently released Climax. Notably, Noé cited Eraserhead as one of his major influences, saying that “it had such a strong impact on me that I would say Eraserhead — it made me get into film school two years later.”
Over the years, Lynch has been associated with a number of bizarre projects like a 1997 pregnancy test commercial he made in his trademark surreal style or just flipping out at people who watch films on their phones, claiming “If you’re playing the movie on a telephone, you will never in a trillion years experience the film,” he says in the clip. “You’ll think you have experienced it, but you’ll be cheated. It’s such a sadness, that you think you’ve seen a film, on your fucking telephone.” The acclaimed filmmaker also ran a strange weather report series in the mid-2000s which he started again durning this unprecedented pandemic and the lockdown that followed.
As a tribute to the eccentricity of David Lynch, a fan has made a compilation of the many quirky things the director has done on camera. From promoting his 2006 film Inland Empire by sitting in a chair on the corner of La Brea and Hollywood next to a cow and large poster of Laura Dern to lashing out at product placement in films and calling it “bullshit”, the video has it all.
Watch David Lynch be an absolute madman for eight and a half minutes.