From the Red Room in Twin Peaks to Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive, the work of David Lynch contains some of the most remarkable spaces in contemporary culture. Richard Martin's compelling study is the first sustained critical assessment of the role architecture and design play in Lynch's films. Martin combines original research at Lynchian locations in Los Angeles, London and Lódz with insights from architects including Adolf Loos, Le Corbusier and Jean Nouvel and urban theorists such as Jane Jacobs and Edward Soja. In analyzing the towns, cities, homes, roads and stages found in Lynch's work, Martin not only reveals their central importance for understanding this controversial and distinctive film-maker,
“A thoughtful exploration of Lynchian space, The Architecture of David Lynch ... [provides] a wealth of architectural readings, a diverse bibliography, and a wonderfully insightful analysis of Lynch's filmography that inspire and enrich re-viewings.” ―New Review of Film and Television Studies
“The reviewer commends the author on the work's intelligence and insightful considerations of Lynch's use of space, place and architecture in his films... With an impressive bibliography and 62 color plates of film stills, reproductions of paintings, and photographs of filming locations, the book is an important contribution to Lynch scholarship and engages film scholars to consider the dynamics of space, place and architecture in cinema... Martin's text effectively joins the canonical works of Lynch scholarship, while simultaneously forcing all film scholars to re-evaluate the impact, effect and importance of space, place and architecture in film.” ―CINEJ Cinema Journal
“Incisive and highly readable... Martin finds solid rhetorical ground and a plethora of interdisciplinary source material from which to articulate astonishingly deep, intricate, and, yes, original readings of Lynch's work... The Architecture of David Lynch is clearly an indispensable entry in a densely analyzed field of film and auteur studies.” ―Jason Clemence, Cultural Politics
“Martin's study is such an important addition to 'Lynch' studies, offering a unique analysis of Lynch's cinematic work through design and construction... Martin's particular, unique focus shows how architecture forces us to confront the strange within the urban and suburban, and the social forces at work in the use of architecture, essentially re-establishing and altering our conceptions of the everyday.” ―Siobhan Lyons, Media International Australia
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