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Why David Lynch hates people who watch movies on their phone


David Lynch, a filmmaker responsible for films such as EraserheadBlue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, once found himself in the middle of an alternative anti-advertisement for the iPhone.

Lynch, a director who has been described as “the Renaissance man of modern American filmmaking,” is a creative with an open mind but one who undoubtedly triumphs the finer arts of cinema and does so by channelling specific unusualities of real life. “I look at the world and I see absurdity all around me,” he once said. “People do strange things constantly, to the point that, for the most part, we manage not to see it. That’s why I love coffee shops and public places – I mean, they’re all out there.”

Now, it would seem, we get a glimpse into the “strange things” Lynch was referring to. In a clip that surfaced as an extra from a special edition release of his 2006 film, Inland Empire, the filmmaker is drawn into a conversation about viewers who choose to stream films through their mobile phones.

“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,” he says, barely restraining his rage.

“Get real.”

Consider yourselves told.