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Cool Videos: Interview with David Lynch in 1979

What I wouldn’t give to spend a day on set with David Lynch. While there’s plenty of interviews and what not to fill that void that’s probably as close as I’ll get especially since he doesn’t seem too keen on making anything new as far as film is concerned.

For now I’ll settle on this interview from 1979 thanks to B.L.A.T.C. via Cinephilia and Beyond. At the time Lynch was 33 years old and had been working on ERASERHEAD. You will see him here with cinematographer Frederick Elmes who talk about the film and give a tour of the oil fields that were seen. Here are the details:

"Some painfully bad questions (and hair) from the 23-old me but good answers (and, as always, hair) from the 33-year-old David Lynch. Shot for my television-production class at UCLA in 1979, the interview features archival footage of the oil fields that served as a location for Lynch’s AFI film Eraserhead and now lie beneath the Beverly Center. Also seen but alas not heard much from (mea culpa, bad interviewing) is cinematographer Frederick Elmes. I was working at the time for Parallax, now Landmark, Theaters, owners of the Nuart, where Eraserhead was the midnight movie. (The video also includes some funny responses from audience members.) Lynch had been with John Waters earlier on the day of the interview and almost got him to join us. David later provided me with a copy of his short film The Amputee, also shot by Elmes, which we screened following the interview on one TV set outside on the UCLA campus — a world premier. The interview ends on one of the great lines from David Lynch, who said he wasn’t interested in Hollywood stars at the time: “If you’re going into the netherworld, you don’t want to go in with Chuck Heston."

Notes: The sound doesn’t kick in until about 30 seconds in. My classmate Bob Pool was on camera. A text version of the interview appeared in the Los Angeles Reader. Thanks to Lioba von den Driesch and Medienwerkstatt Berlin for assistance in digitizing the tape.

That voice. Click on the screencap below to check out the interview. Only 18 minutes and definitely worth your time.

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