Mr. Reindeer wrote:This was my exact experience with both IE and Eraserhead. After first viewings, I was frustrated and angry at myself for not "understanding," and was too focused on "solving" the films to let them wash over me in their dreamy, unconscious way. After mulling for a day or two, I revisited each and they instantly became all-time favorites.
I think that's something that happens most of the time when watching a new movie (or anything else really). Unless it's extremely simple, you're gonna try to piece everything together, from the story to the characters. That's why (with good movies) a rewatch makes them that much better, as you can focus on the details way better.
With Lynch movies (and TP) it's nearly essential I'd say.