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Auteur Motifs — The Singing Woman (David Lynch)

Of David Lynch’s ten feature films, five of them prominently feature a woman singing on stage. While in some cases this character is more integral to the story than others, the singing itself never fails to affect each protagonist, if only briefly.

As a surrealist, David Lynch draws much of his inspiration from his unconscious—through dreams, transcendental meditation, and otherwise. The recurrence of this character throughout his work highly suggests that this image is one paired very closely with the essence of Lynch’s own mind.

[Chronologically, the films shown above: EraserheadBlue VelvetWild at HeartTwin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and Mulholland Drive]

Lars von Trier and Lauren Bacall on the set of Dogville

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"Nizzy noodle! He’s turned love-bird."
The Thief of Bagdad by Raoul Walsh
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"Nizzy noodle! He’s turned love-bird."

The Thief of Bagdad by Raoul Walsh

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Tripping Universal Monsters
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man (1933)

Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane hugging on the set of Boyhood

Photo by Matt Lankes

Cameron Crowe directing Philip Seymour Hoffman and Patrick Fugit on Almost Famous