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From Fellini to Wilder: David Lynch talks about films that have influenced him


While cinemas and movie theatres remain deeply affected by the current health crisis, the period of altered society has allowed film fans to sit back and finally get through the list of pictures we’ve all been trying to tick off. Here, we turn to David Lynch for recommendations as he previously discussed the films and filmmakers that have heavily influenced him over the years.

Lynch himself, often labelled as the “renaissance man of modern American filmmaking,” is considered by many as one of the most creative directors in cinema today. For Lynch though, the idea of finding inspiration is one that he has battled with, finding a source of insight from the world around him is a serious topic.

Not long ago Far Out reported the list of Lynch’s all-time favourite films and directors, among them he discusses how he has often turned music as an alternative source of inspiration for his films, Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ by Bobby Vinton to name just a few. “It was the song that sparked the movie,” Lynch once said about ‘Blue Velvet’ which inspired his film of the same name. “There was something mysterious about it. It made me think about things. And the first things I thought about were lawns – lawns and the neighbourhood,” he added.

In that same list Lynch pays homage to Federico Fellini, a filmmaker that has had a great impact on Lynch’s cinematic outlook. Now, in a new interview with The Guardian, the Twin Peaks creator discusses in more detail the Fellini influence: “Federico Fellini is one of the all-time great film-makers and  is maybe my favourite of his – I did a whole series of lithographs based on the last scenes in that movie,” Lynch said when in conversation about an exhibition he previously held at the Manchester international festival.

In that show Lynch enjoyed a dedicated room to show films that have impacted him over the years, he adds: “The Wizard of Oz is a cosmic film and meaningful on many, many different levels, and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ is one of the most beautiful songs ever.”

While more films were shown as part of the exhibition, Lynch continues: “And I deeply love Sunset Boulevard for how it captures the golden age of Hollywood and its fall. It’s just a great Hollywood story.”