The Frida Cinema Presents the Films of David Lynch and an Art Show of Work Inspired by the Filmmaker

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Our good friends over at The Frida Cinema continue to provide the best cinematic programming in all of Orange County. To kick off the month of April, The Frida will be present a retrospective of the films of David Lynch. This isn’t one of the retrospectives where they show two of the director’s most popular films. Oh no, The Frida is showing every feature film directed by David Lynch with two exceptions – The Straight Story and Inland Empire. As if showing so many of the mind-bending films of Lynch weren’t enough, there’s also an art show – Wild at Art – where local artists will be presenting Lynch-inspired works. Wild at Art takes place on Saturday April 4th from 6-10pm during the Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk. Advance tickets are on sale for all the screenings over at www.TheFridaCinema.org.

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Here are the films and showtimes that The Frida will be featuring:

Mulholland Drive

Called the best film the ‘00s by a number of organizations, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive is a dreamlike masterpiece has captivated audiences and critics alike since its release. Amazingly, Mulholland Drive was intended to be a pilot for an ABC series, but after that all fell through, Lynch did additional photography and turned the remains of the pilot into a feature film, and possibly his best since Blue Velvet.

Mulholland Drive screens Friday April 3rd at 8:00pm

Eraserhead

There’s nothing quite like Eraserhead. Lynch’s first film was shot over the course of 5 years. It’s weird, bizarre, and wildly open to interpretation. But the film marked the startling debut of a filmmaker who would challenge audiences for decades to come.

Eraserhead screens Friday April 3rd and Saturday April 4th at Midnight

The Elephant Man

Lynch would follow the bizarre Eraserhead with The Elephant Man, the dramatic telling of the story of Johnathan Merrick. Lynch was hired for the film by executive producer Mel Brooks – yes, that Mel Brooks – who was impressed by Lynch’s work on Eraserhead. The film would go onto garner 8 Oscar nominations including Lynch’s first nomination for Best Director. John Hurt’s performance as Merrick is one for the ages, capable of making you extremely uncomfortable while breaking your heart.

The Elephant Man screens Saturday April 4th at 11:30am and 2:30pm

Blue Velvet

Probably the finest of David Lynch’s oeuvre, Blue Velvet is an undeniable cinematic classic. This is a film jam-packed full of memorable lines and uncomfortable situations. Dennis Hopper gives the defining performance of his career as the violent and maniacal Frank Booth. Lynch secured his second Oscar nomination for the film. Strap in, grab a Pabst, take a deep breath, and DON’T LOOK AT ME!

Blue Velvet screens Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th at 8pm

Dune

David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune is one of those films where the stories that surround it are far more interesting than the film itself. Of course, legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried unsuccessfully to get his version of Dune of the ground, as presented in the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. Lynch, meanwhile, was rumored to have turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi in order to make Dune. The film was a total flop and just about everyone seems dissatisfied with the final version, from Lynch to fans of Herbert’s novels. Regardless, an ambitious failure is always more interesting than a generic success.

Dune screens Monday April 6th at 8pm

Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart might be Lynch’s most purely entertaining film. Featuring Nicolas Cage working at the top of his game, Willem Dafoe going full-blown sleazy, and Laura Dern doing what she does best – killing it. The film features a number of cast members from Twin Peaks in various roles. But the highlight of the film is Nicolas Cage crooning the classic Elvis Presley song Love Me.

Wild at Heart screens Tuesday April 7th at 8pm

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

When it first hit the airwaves, Twin Peaks was a runaway hit. But as quickly as it ascended into the pop culture stratosphere, it disappeared just as quickly. There’s speculation that the show was hampered by network interference or that it overstayed its welcome, had it been one season it would’ve been perfect. Either way, Twin Peaks’ popularity continues to this day, with a possibility that there may be a continuation of the series. But after the show’s initial run came to a close, David Lynch made Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The film serves as both a forward and the postscript to the landmark series. And with the renewed interest in the series due its possible return, now is the best time to revisit Fire Walk With Me.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me screens Wednesday April 8th at 8pm

Lost Highway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvGvjnqSKF8

Of all the David Lynch films that The Frida is screening, Lost Highway is the only one that I’ve never seen. So, it would seem, that I have no choice but to be in the theater when they screen Lynch’s 1997 film which stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Robert Blake.

Lost Highway screens Thursday April 9th at 8pm

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