On Sep 8, 2006, at 10:20 AM, TurquoiseB wrote:

> He *can* do that (The Straight Story), but IMO he
> goes for obscure whenever he needs money, because
> he knows that it sells. Americans are not quite
> the suckers for pretence and pomposity that the
> French are, but enough of the critics are to ensure
> a few good reviews, and thus a break-even at the
> box office, which is the most important thing to
> any director who hopes to direct another film
> after his current one.
>
> I don't personally like his style of filmmaking
> very much, but I have to say that almost *everything*
> he's ever released, *including* Eraserhead, has been
> better than the recent clip. That footage gives me no
> hope whatsoever for the final film.

I'd say, at least re: Mullholland Drive, that Dr. Pete's comment about 
"film-school crap" pretty much sums up my feelings as well.  I'd give 
Lynch a bit more credit than that, perhaps, but not much.

Sal



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