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personal threat and concomitant fear

Rather nice insight into David Lynch’s filmmaking technique from the point of view of psychological analysis.

A choice extract:

While fear is generated with genuinely unsettling imagery and dark shadowy lighting, it also comes from the carefully managed attrition of any recognisable storyline. The audience, who have been led through the early stages of the plot with some of the conventional devices of storytelling (coherent dialogue, linear chronology) are suddenly thrown into a world of unfamiliar film cuts, unexplained locations and wordless acting. We are forced to jump to our own conclusions and build what narrative we will from scant concrete evidence as to events. Our sense of sense itself forces us to put something together and, given the presence of ominous emotions and apparent malice, what we put together is a paranoid and terrifying vision of the intentions of the characters in the film and even the world we inhabit.

In short, Lynch uses our natural epistemological impulsivity against us to generate fear: in this case the human proclivity to build story from elements that may or may not actually be bound as a conventional narrative.

Interesting, no? There’s a terrific essay elsewhere on the web assessing Lost Highway from a Lacanian perspective, and this deserves to be read alongside it.

Right. Got to go. Off for the weekend and there’s packing to be done. More when I get back, including a tired sense of resignation that as the developers haven’t updated Canvas for Wordpress 2.3, I’m going to have to change the template for the blog. This damn thing has had more new outfits in the last year than I’ve had in ten (not difficult for a man with black t-shirts, monochrome shirts and black jeans, I hear you cry, but the point still stands).

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3 comments for “personal threat and concomitant fear”

  1. David Lynch can kiss my arse

    Posted by Andy | November 6, 2007, 4:26 pm
  2. I also suffer from Cormorant fear…

    Posted by mongo | November 7, 2007, 12:35 am
  3. Still fearing the cormorants eh?

    Posted by mongo | November 12, 2007, 11:43 pm

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