David Lynch on Place in Film

American film director stresses the importance of location and mood in his work
David Lynch. Photograph: Reverse Shot.

In an online interview with Reverse Shot, David Lynch discusses the importance of creating a sense of place in his films. The interview also includes a discussion of Lynch's recent technological move to digital film, and his experience of making Inland Empire in DV.
Your films evoke the most tangible atmospheres of environment and place. How much of Inland Empire was influenced by settings long familiar to your work, like Hollywood and the suburban U.S., and those entirely new, like Poland?

David Lynch: I love L.A. I love the golden age of cinema, I love so many things about this town, and I also fell in love with Lodz, Poland. Little by little places start talking to you, ideas come from different experiences, they pop into your conscious mind and you’re rolling. Even if in the beginning you don’t know where you’re rolling, all that stuff, if you focus on it, will be revealed. But a sense of place, like you said, is so critical to a film. Like Billy Wilder in Sunset Boulevard—such a sense of place. Billy Wilder in The Apartment—just loved to go back to that world because of the place he creates and the characters. A sense of place with all the great ones: it’s little details, it’s mood, it’s the place, and the characters, of course. [Read the article]

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