David Lynch Dance
Whether setting scenes to speed metal or Roy Orbison, the maestro really has a way with bodies in motion.
Something happens when David Lynch lets his characters dance. Whether the accompanying soundtrack is speed metal or Roy Orbison, dance scenes in Lynch films bring vibrancy to an already kaleidoscopic palette of sound and vision, unlocking dramatic possibilities. These scenes, like the films themselves, are strikingly diverse. We have sweet teenage slow dances, bizarre black-and-white footlight parody, and, let’s not forget, a super-cool mystery man with dwarfism dancing backwards. The feel of a film is of the utmost importance to Lynch, and he often puts it across with a sensual celebration of movement. This director's contributions to cinema history have been invaluable, and this video highlights his exploration of dance as one such contribution.