David Lynch: “Feature Films Are In Trouble, The Arthouses Are Dead”
Art and Experience: David Lynch has never been one to shy away from saying what he means. Now, since he’s back in the public eye with a brand-new season of the cult classic “Twin Peaks,” he’s out and about talking about the joys on working on cable TV. Lynch also takes time to say what many are starting to believe: that the freedom of TV makes feature films obsolete.
“I think feature films are in trouble and the arthouses are dead. So, cable television being the place for continuing story told with freedom is a beautiful thing,” said Lynch in a video interview with Arab News.
Lynch has always been known for his more unique, some might say strange, films. “Lost Highway,” “Mulholland Dr.,” and “Blue Velvet” are just a few of the films in his filmography that you don’t see much of anymore at the multiplex. Instead, audiences are inundated with big-budget franchise films. It’s clear that the filmmaker sees this and doesn’t see a place for his films there anymore. (And it’s not the first time he’s praised cable TV over the current state of the arthouse).
When the reporter presses him further on the idea, asking why he thinks arthouses are dying, Lynch is quick to correct him. “Not dying. Dead,” Lynch emphasized with a chuckle. Finally, the interviewer asks Lynch if he makes time to go the theater or arthouses to see any movies. Lynch is quick to shoot down that notion.
“I don’t see anything,” Lynch finishes.
Its safe to say that we won’t be graced with the next great David Lynch film anytime soon (though he is keeping the door open). Perhaps, instead, we might get the next “Twin Peaks,” and audiences would probably be very pleased with that.