3 surreal short films giving us a peek of David Lynch

By Aditya Savnal. Posted on September 11, 2014

Director David Lynch’s films are often termed as bizarre with a tendency to alienate a large section of the audience. Anyone who's seen Mulholland Drive or Blue Velvet knows what i am talking about.

But what many don't know is that before he made full length films, Lynch made several short films. These shorts made by Lynch, employ a style of filmmaking known as Surrealist Cinema - a style of filmmaking made famous by the likes of Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel.

1) Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times)

This was the first short made by Lynch while he was studying filmmaking at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  This animated film depicts visuals of six grotesque human figures vomiting while the sound of a siren is playing in the background. For those looking for easy explanations to this short, we haven't got one. So we would be very interested in your take on the film ;-).

2) The Alphabet

This animated short narrates the story of a young girl having nightmares in which she imagines eerie recitations of every alphabet of the English language and bizarre visual representations accompanying the same.

The inspiration for this short film came from Lynch’s wife Peggy Reavey when her niece had a bad dream wherein she was reciting the alphabets in a rather tormented way. Lynch talks about the same at the start of the video and how it inspired him to make a short on the same subject.

3)  Premonitions Following an Evil Deed

Lumiere and Company was a compilation of several shorts made by acclaimed directors from around the world including Abbas Kiarostami, Costa Gavras and Spike Lee amongst others as a tribute to the Lumiere brothers.

A unique aspect about these shorts was that all filmmakers were asked to shoot it using the original cinematographe invented by Lumiere Brothers with the film duration restricted to 52 seconds.

 


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