By Darragh McManus /posted at;independent.ie/ –
David Lynch is a genius. There, I’ve said it. I know many people hate Lynch’s work, and think it’s pretentious, weird or just plain bad. And they’re fully entitled to that wrong opinion.
But the fact remains: David Lynch is a genius – one of the most singular, ground-breaking, once-in-a-lifetime talents in the history of screen entertainment. I mean, that’s pretty much the definition of “genius”.
The Green Room (Newstalk, Sat 9pm) examined the great film-maker’s work, and the life and influences which have shaped it, through a new documentary. David Lynch: The Art Life delves into his bucolic childhood in America’s Pacific North-West, and traces the development of his style and themes and obsessions, up to early films such as Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, and of course the seminal TV show Twin Peaks.
Orla Barry’s guest Steven Benedict – a film historian and director – was knowledgeable and enlightening about the Lynchian universe. The piece was pure heaven for someone like me, who has literally been dreaming about Twin Peaks since first watching it over a quarter-century ago.
As for everyone who’s not a Lynch devotee… what’s the matter with you? (Although, even I must admit that Eraserhead is unwatchable. Eh, you can’t win ’em all.)
Inside Culture (Radio 1, Mon 10pm) looked at another cultural phenomenon: the hippie movement and 1967’s Summer of Love. Fionn Davenport rounded up a stellar collection of contributors for this hour-long special, many of whom were actually there, in the historical epicentre. (Feel free to make your own “You don’t know ’cause you weren’t there, man” joke at this point.)…
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