David Lynch discusses the making of the film Eraserhead.
David Lynch discusses the making of the film Eraserhead.
"And some people came to AFI. And they were part of the Cannes film festival. And they wanted to see Eraserhead to see if it was going to go to Cannes. So Al and I had a talk…that, uh, we would try to work and make the Cannes film festival with Eraserhead. And Al said, 'I’ll do it. I’ll go, you know, 24 hours…but, if you will not take your Bob’s break in the afternoon.'
Which almost killed me. But I said, 'Ok, Al…I’ll do that. But it’s killing me.'
So, every afternoon at 2:30 I’d just kinda, I’d get this thing…I’d wanna go out. We just kept workin’. And, uh…eventually Al said, 'Ok, look. We won’t go all the…
David Lynch went to lunch at Hamburger Hamlet and bought a slice of Dutch apple pie. It turned out to be too expensive. So he bought a Dutch apple pie at a grocery store, baked it in an oven, and put it in his fridge. Then, every day, he'd sneak a piece of Dutch apple pie in his coat into Hamburger Hamlet to "surreptitiously" eat with his coffee. Says Lynch: "It was a big thrill."
How can you not love a man who is thrilled by a forbidden slice of pie? So much so he actually tells a story about it in his documentary monologue Eraserhead Stories?
Which is to say, this is basically just David Lynch in front of a big microphone talking about the filming of Eraserhead. That's all it needs to be.
For over 90 minutes, David Lynch takes us behind the scenes of his directorial debut, with a slew of ordinary and entertaining anecdotes ranging from unruly hair that ended up aiding the film's aesthetics to haunting apparitions. At the same time, the filmmaker mentions a lot of interesting footage that we will never see, which makes him seem like a troll in my opinion. I really adore the minor elements that are so typical of the filmmaker, such as the chat with one of the film's partners over the phone and the movie cutting to an open phone, or David Lynch speaking into a microphone that makes it appear like he's in a radio booth.
All in all, if you are a fan of the film and would like to learn more, worth seeing.
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I recently bought the criterion collection release of “Eraserhead”, since i couldn’t find it (legally) anywhere else and I also thought the slipcase cover and everything looked great from what I had seen online, so it seemed like a good buy even though it was expensive. To get the most out of my money I decided to watch all the extra material too and this was one of the documentaries on the disc.
This was an interesting documentary where David Lynch talked about the making of the movie and his inspiration for it. His stories could get off track at times, but it was still fun to hear about the production and all the other cast members.
Even though it…
It's really just worth it to hear Lynch talk.
David Lynch shooting the shit for 85 minutes.
I mean I dunno what more you would want.
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Because of low voltage, I decided to watch something I had on my PC, and found I had the featurettes of Eraserhead mysteriously 😉, and decided to watch this first.
It's just ~90 minutes of David Lynch talking to a microphone about the making of Eraserhead, and it never gets dull, just hearing him do those short but expansive descriptions of something like dutch pie or a radiator.
Such a good retrospective on Eraserhead.
Definitely fascinating and interesting, especially if you love Eraserhead. But it's mostly just a shot of Lynch at a mic telling stories into it.
He's great to listen to, I just don't know if this is justified as a documentary and wonder why they didn't just make this a commentary track
“It is a very personal film... no viewer has had the same interpretation I have to the film in the twenty-five years or more that it’s been out.”
Easily my favorite making-of documentary. It’s organic and honest and without any filter. It’s told like it is for eighty-five minutes and I love it for that. Lots of docs in this vein feel very idealist and clean while this is shown in a loving but truthful light. I also really appreciate how it looks at Eraserhead — one of my absolute favorites — years after; giving everyone this wonderful perspective. For Eraserhead fans this is a much watch.
As Eraserhead was my first Lynch film I thought it’d be appropriate to save this for last and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve now 100% of Lynch’s directing credits; it’s been quite the journey.
More of a podcast than a documentary. But it is a decent listen to hear David Lynch talk about his memories while making Eraserhead.
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I've mentioned a few times now that, starting from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Lynch's work begins to feel more and more like an attempt to get back to the purity and strangeness of Eraserhead, albeit with the benefit of increased wisdom, budgets and technical skill. It's not a bad ambition to have, to make each film as though it was your debut, and in the middle of this project he made this charming documentary looking back on the production of his artistic guiding star.
It's probably the most conventional Lynch film in terms of its cinematic grammar - talking heads and Ken Burns effects - as well as its…
Watching Lynch simply talk about the movie Eraserhead, this can only be called one thing: Eraserhead Stories. Lynch revisits, in b&w, all sorts of anecdotes about his groundbreaking debut feature. If you've seen The Art Life, we're mining the same territory and I think there is some overlap in the stories we hear. Still, it's so nice to hear Lynch talk about this stuff because he's just so god damn howdy doody about it all. It was just a thing to him. He does pause while discussing certain moments, perhaps in reverence for what they meant to him, but other than that he's completely disarming and not even close to pretentious. I think he might just be a wonderful man.
"One of the doors had a door on it, and you'd open it up, and it had another door, that was a door in a hallway. So it was a two door deal."