“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about The Wizard of Oz.” (David Lynch)
|We love David Lynch for the way he merges dark fantasy into everyday life. The question of the influence of cinema classic The Wizard of Oz on the creator of Twin Peaks is put to a collection of director/writer/critics (foremost among whom is John Waters!) The result is six video essays that draw out a remarkable set of connections between Oz, Lynch, and the cinema as a whole. The themes and images of Oz continue to haunt Lynch’s perverse and surreal art just as they resonate through our culture. Maybe Lynch, like many of us, feels more at home in Oz than Kansas? These six distinct perspectives, narrated by some of contemporary cinema’s most exciting voices, take us over the rainbow, and helps us re-experience and re-interpret Lynch’s symbolism through the lens of his greatest influence.
“If The Wizard of Oz is one of your favorite movies, and if Lynch is one of your favorite filmmakers, then watching Lynch/Oz is like seeing two old cinematic friends sitting around talking to each other.” (Variety)
“it frames movies as permeable membranes that flicker between personal obsession and the collective unconscious…it frames movies as permeable membranes that flicker between personal obsession and the collective unconscious.” (IndieWire)