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“Wild at Heart And Weird On Top”: The Films Of David Lynch

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If cinema is a drug, then in the special section of its pharmacological spectrum reserved for the hallucinogens, sit the movies of David Lynch” – Indiewire.

city-screen-logo-cmyk-96Following our successful film course last autumn, States Of Terror: Contemporary Horror In World Cinema, tutor Jon Towlson returns to City Screen, York this April for a series on director David Lynch.

David Lynch’s reputation as the King of Cult rests on just ten films plus a handful of shorts, music, paintings, and, of course, the monumental TV show Twin Peaks (which returns for its third season this year). In this four week course we take a peek into the weird world of modern cinema’s greatest visionary. Join us for an in-depth look at Lynch’s filmography, from early short The Grandmother (1970), to his avant-garde feature debut Eraserhead (1976), the dark and surreal masterpiece, Blue Velvet (1986), and later works like Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006). Then there are the road movies: love ‘n’ bullets epic Wild At Heart (1990), neo-noir Lost Highway (1997) and lawnmower odyssey The Straight Story (1999). And last but not least, the terrifying Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) (not forgetting The Elephant Man [1980] and Dune [1984]). So strap in tight – it’s going to be a hell of a ride!

Every Tuesday night in April, from 7.30. Each session includes a presentation/lecture followed by a tutorial where discussion is encouraged. Advance viewing is optional; select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions. In addition, Mulholland Drive will be screened on Friday 21 April at 9.00 as a Culture Shock presentation and Wild At Heart will screen for a pop-up event in City Screen’s Basement Bar on Monday 24 April at 7.00.

Course charge is £39 full price, £37 for concessions and £35 for Members. Tickets for Mulholland Drive and Wild At Heart will be available at Members’ rates.

Course tutor Jon Towlson is a film critic for Starburst Magazine and the author of Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present (McFarland, 2014); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Constellations) (Auteur/Columbia University Press, 2016) and The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936 (McFarland, 2016).

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