10. WHAT SEVERAL DIFFERENT MEMBERS OF THE CREW AND PRODUCTION STAFF, SOME OF WHOM HAVE BEEN TO FILM SCHOOL, HAVE TO SAY ABOUT 'LOST HIGHWAY'
DAVID'S IDEA is to do this, like, dystopian vision of L.A. You could do a dystopic vision of New York, but who'd care? New York's been done before."
"If s about deformity. Remember Eraserhead? This guy's going to be the ultimate Penishead."
"I'm sure not going to go see it, I know that."
"This is a movie that explores psychosis subjectively."
"It's some reflection on society as he sees it."
"This is his territory. This is him taking us deeper into a space he's already carved out in previous work subjectivity and psychosis."
"He's doing a Diane Arbus number on L.A., showing the, like, slimy undersection of a dream city. Chinatown did it, but it did it in a historical way, as a type of noir history. David's film's about madness; it's subjective, not historical."
"It's like, if you're a doctor or a nurse, are you going to go buy tickets to see an operation for fun in your spare time, when you're done working?"
"This film represents schizophrenia performatively, not just representationally. This is done in terms of loosening of identity, ontology, and continuity in time."
"Let me just say I have utmost respect-for David, for the industry, for what David means to this industry. Let me say I'm excited. That I'm thrilled and have the utmost respect."
"It's a specialty film. Like The Piano, say. It's not going to open in a thousand theaters."
"Utmost is one word. There is no hyphen in utmost."
"It's about L.A. as hell. This is not unrealistic, if you want my opinion."
"It's a product like any other in a business like any other."
"David is the Id of the Now. If you quote me, say I quipped it. Say ' "David is the Id of the Now," quipped_____, who is the film's_____.' "
"David, as an artist, makes his own choices about what he wants. He makes a film when he feels he has something to say. Some are perceived as better than others. David does not look at this as his area of concern."
"He's a genius; you have to understand that. He's not like you and me."
"The head-changes are being done with makeup and lights. No CGIs."21
"Read City of Quartz. That's what this film's about right there in a nutshell."
"Some of them were talking about Hegel, whatever the hell that means."
"Let me just say I hope you're not planning to compromise him or us or the film in any way."
21 'Computer-generated images,' as in Jumanji