David Lynch’s work is not only famous for him leaving audiences in a state of existential drift, but also for him very carefully selecting music for his movies. I’ve seen his first film Eraserhead in my late teens, and it never did let me loose. And after more than 30 years, I could still sing the song In Heaven today.
Already the original TV series of Twin Peaks screened more than 25 years ago, did lead my friends and me into heady debates about the nature of “television” and life in general. Its surrealism and offbeat humor, as well as Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) and Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), became a much too important part of our days, as did the ever returning images of trees and wood.
Now, David Lynch’s 2017 Twin Peaks reprise, both epic and intimate, managed to reignite imaginations. Comprising 18 hours of stories and dreams, songs, and sounds, this may, in fact, be Lynch’s ultimate accomplishment: a totally liberated expression of his visual and auditory genius that was named best “film” of 2017 by Cahiers du cinéma.
In January, New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will screen all 18 episodes of “The Return” over three days. Starting on Friday, January 5 at 6pm with episodes 1-4 in a 4-hour-session, it will continue on January 6 (episodes 5-11, 8 hours starting at 2pm) and ends on Sunday, January 7 (episodes 12-18, 8 hours starting at 2pm).
The screening is free and open to the public, but you need to get a separate screening ticket for each date (links above). Lucky who is in New York in those days!