David Lynch Talks Cinema’s Current State and the Spiritual Experience of Film
For someone who has distanced himself from the very medium that made him an icon, filmmaker David Lynch may not be giving us haunting and heartbreaking feature films anymore but he’s sure doing everything else. And like all his creative endeavors, whether he’s elating us with a gallery full of paintings or sending us swooning with another album, Lynch’s world stays intact no matter the structure, with a psychological through line that penetrates his work, always baring the mark of a true genius. And in speaking to The Independent, he had a lot to say about the state of art and cinema—which has not only changed rapidly in the last few years but dramatically since the last time he put out a full-feature with Inland Empire in 2006. "It’s a very depressing picture," Lynch admits, going on to say:
With alternative cinema – any sort of cinema that isn’t mainstream – you’re fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it. Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now. Unfortunately, my ideas are not what you’d call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don’t know what my future is. I don’t have a clue what I’m going to be able to do in the world of cinema.
It’s the same with cinema: if you have a chance to enter another world, then you need a big picture in a dark room with great sound. It’s a spiritual, magic experience. If you have the same movie on a little computer screen with bad sound – and this is the way people are seeing films now – it’s such a shame. It’s a shameful, shameful thing. It’s so pathetic.