It goes without saying that David Lynch is a genius.
In 1990 and 1991, in between orchestral tours and fieldwork trips to Hebei, and just as I met the great Li Qing for the first time, I spent much of my time back home in London glued to Twin peaks on TV.
As always, it’s both disturbing and enchanting, with a diverse cast of stunningly beautiful female and male characters, and
an uneasy strain of nostalgia that blends sentimentality with menace; hideous secrets chafing against the illusion of innocence […] postwar trauma buried beneath an aggressive normality.
Just a couple of clips to epitomize Lynch’s mastery. After the cliffhanger of the series 1 finale, just as we’re all desperate to know what happened to Agent Dale Cooper, the seemingly interminable room-service scene at the very opening of series 2 suspends the whole drama unbearably. Alas it’s disappeared from YouTube, but you can read a detailed analysis here.
And apart from his taste in coffee, we may note Agent Cooper’s affinity for Tibetan mysticism, as in this lecture, also typically startling within the plot:
Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtrack goes perfectly with the drama (this article has a link to the complete album on Spotify).
Badalamenti had already worked with Lynch on the haunting Blue velvet:
And the Julee Cruise song Mysteries of love:
For Thought Gang, Lynch’s band with Badalamenti, see here (with link to album only recently released!).