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The Grandmother1970

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  • 3.9
Terrorized by his beastlike parents a boy grows a kindly grandmother to care for him.

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I almost feel like I should put up a disclaimer when talking about Lynch films. It pretty much goes without saying I am a total fanboy. So of course I'm going to tell you it's great, and I love it, and you should too. So, there you go.

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I almost feel like I should put up a disclaimer when talking about Lynch films. It pretty much goes without saying I am a total fanboy. So of course I'm going to tell you it's great, and I love it, and you should too. So, there you go.

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We all have to start somewhere, and in the case of 24 year-old David Lynch it's this transitional short film. Here, Lynch delves into live-action for the first time, while demonstrating his previous experience with animation (quite reminiscent of a fellow mad genius, Terry Gilliam). It's a raw, low-budget fever-dream that paves the way for "Eraserhead," and much of Lynch's earlier work. It's always a revelation to view the early work of significant filmmakers, and here we can see that Lynch's disturbing dream world within the Black Lodge were already taking shape.

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The genesis of David Lynch’s acumen as a filmmaker is that he is always willingly open to review; on an individualistic basis he invites the viewer to experience the subliminal flow of his work and to surrender to the experience, interpreting it on a subconscious level as only they see it from their own perspective. He is the only filmmaker that has a true surrealistic focus on the vast dimensions of the dreamscape; and he always seems to touch upon the Freudian aspect. In “The Grandmother” he touches upon the prepubescent discovery and subsequent enforced shame and confusion of the wet dream. This is also coupled with an Oedipus complex that cannot be satisfied by his relationship with his abusive mother, so he goes one step beyond and gives birth to his fantasies by planting the seed and reaping the primacy of his desires for oneness In the maternal embodiment of a loving and affectionate grandmother. It is hard to believe that this film was made seven years before the release of “Eraserhead” - his penultimate Freudian denial dealing with the fears and horrors of unwanted pregnancy - yet still embodies the spiritual insight and maturity of a true cinematic genius.

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like all of Lynch there is total brilliance and and lameness _i love the mystery & surreal aspect of all his work_the kid Richard White is just great_i love the seed planting and the birth of grandma_much like eraserhead_to watch a Lynch film is to surrender to dream_the animation is cool too

So cool to see how Lynch started out as an animator!