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A film fan’s nirvana, this hugely entertaining film explores the importance of The Wizard of Oz in the life and work of iconic filmmaker David Lynch.
What is the link between one of US cinema’s most feted and singular directors, and a beloved fantasy film from 1939? For director Alexandre O. Philippe, there’s a wealth of evidence to be found in David Lynch’s films, whether it’s the desire to escape reality in Blue Velvet and Lost Highway to the dream of a perfect world in Mulholland Drive and the apparition of a goodly witch in Wild at Heart.
Alongside a rich trove of footage, Phillippe draws upon filmmakers (Karyn Kusama, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, John Waters, Amy Nicholson, Rodney Ascher and David Lowery) to flesh out what makes Lynch’s work so compelling and the way it plays with the myth of Victor Fleming’s classic movie.
It’s perfect material for Phillippe, who has built an impressive filmography studying aspects of cinema and film culture. From his analysis of the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho (78⁄52) and a riveting exploration of the cultural legacy of the iconic vista of Monument Valley (The Taking), through to his portraits of Michelangelo Antonioni and William Friedkin, Phillippe finds new ways to explore familiar cinematic territory, showing how integrated within the fabric of our lives some films have become.