Absolutely fucking brilliant. There’s no one like Lynch. His filmmaking is wholeheartedly intuitive and in tune with life’s deepest mysteries which he is able to translate onto the screen with the perfect balance of form and function. I had so much fun with this one. I could float around in this eerie American dreamland forever. Some seriously entertaining characters. Cinematography was amazing and haunting. Sound design and music was surreal and transportive, as expected. My only reservations are that I…
Happy birthday, Ingmar.
This was a strange one to celebrate with, as it may be the least Bergman-esque of his later films, but it was next on the list. This film confirms for me that Bergman is first and foremost a director of performances. Despite structural elements that may fall through in his films, his actors always shine through with a boldness and vulnerability that I rarely see matched in any other director’s works. There is an obvious sense of deep trust that is built off-screen between Bergman and his actors which allows him to pry deep into their emotional cores.