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David Lynch


"I love Surrealism and I love Expressionism, but, I had never seen THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI until after I had done Eraserhead. Ideas are the thing, and they just come out in a certain way, based on what you love and what you're feeling. Later on, you find out that you're in some sort of school!"

"Directors who have inspired me include Billy Wilder, Federico Fellini, lngmar Bergman, John Ford, Orson Welles, Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola and Ernst Lubitsch. In art school, I studied painters like Edward Hopper, who used urban motifs, Franz Kafka is my favorite novelist. My approach to film stems from my art background, as I go beyond the story to the sub-conscious mood created by sound and images."

[the first artwork that made an impression on me was] "An exhibition of Francis Bacon's work that I saw at Marlborough Gallery in New York when I was 18. It was images of meat and cigarettes and what struck me about them was the beauty of the paint and the balance and contrast in the pictures. It was like perfection."

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