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Postby Annie » Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:53 pm

Okay, you guys all wanted an Eraserhead section, so here it is--I'm posting this cool picture I found somewhere on the net just to get it started.
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Postby D0ppelgangerDale » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:22 pm

I watched Eraserhead for the first time last night, and I really don't know what to make of it. I guess the point of the film is lost on me, unless it is to make the audience as uncomfortable as the characters appear to be. I like the imagery with the guy pulling the cranks, and some of the other scenes are pretty...interesting...and...unique. What's up with all of the umbilical cords? :shock: Eraserhead is definitely one of the most disturbing films I've seen - right up there with the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Postby Annie » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:37 pm

Wow--your first time! It's a classic, but once every ten years is good enough for me. I hope I'm not spoiling anything when I tell you the simple explanation is it's about David's fear of being a father for the first time. He made the movie when his daughter, Jennifer, was born. I'm sure somebody out there has a much deeper theory for all the strangeness.
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Postby moviemaker » Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:19 pm

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

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Postby zachary_mayo » Thu Sep 06, 2007 12:57 pm

Eraserhead is such a masterpiece !
First time I saw it, I found it really dark and disturbing.
And now, each time I watch it, I spend such a good time. There is a lot of humor in it.
One scene in particular makes me laugh a lot : it's before Henry has dinner with Mary X and her parents, when the mother asks him what he does in his life. And Henry has this WONDERFUL answer : "Oh, I'm on vacation".
What a crazy sense of humor, I love it.
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Postby D0ppelgangerDale » Sat Sep 08, 2007 7:03 pm

Annie wrote:I hope I'm not spoiling anything when I tell you the simple explanation is it's about David's fear of being a father for the first time. He made the movie when his daughter, Jennifer, was born.


That would definitely make sense. But...I thought I read that Lynch said that he has never heard a correct interpretation. Maybe he meant that the interpretations are only partially correct, not totally correct. Who knows.
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Postby Red Room » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:22 am

zachary_mayo wrote:Eraserhead is such a masterpiece !
First time I saw it, I found it really dark and disturbing.
And now, each time I watch it, I spend such a good time. There is a lot of humor in it.
One scene in particular makes me laugh a lot : it's before Henry has dinner with Mary X and her parents, when the mother asks him what he does in his life. And Henry has this WONDERFUL answer : "Oh, I'm on vacation".
What a crazy sense of humor, I love it.

I agree. Much humour in there... (as is almost always the case with Lynch).

Eraserhead contains the blueprints to almost everything David has produced since. Visually it is stunning, and the sound design is groundbreaking.

For me it is an essential part of his catalogue, and one that informs many of his future works...

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Postby TravisD » Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:11 am

I love it,........there is nothing like hearing that baby squeek....

And if you have friends who just like "regular" films,.....it clears the
house of them... 8)

The dead cat menu though,......is a bit much.

I used to think Lynch was disturbed for making this(I saw Elephant Man 1st).Now I get the film,....if for nothing else...art direction and atmosphere.

Super movie to have a HDTV for...... :wink:
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Postby Mb3 » Thu Feb 28, 2008 7:39 pm

I've to say that i also love this movie even though I've only seen it twice so far. The first time I watched it I also didn't know what to make out of it because it seemed to be very strange but on my second view I had to laugh a lot during some of the scenes. It's not my favorite movie of David Lynch but it's still a great one that I'm definetly going to watch a few more times in the near future.
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Re: You Got It!

Postby jina » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:54 am

i watched it twice, also and i want to see it again. i love it.
it got me hooked from the beginning, actually one of the best intros in films./

i try to find a way to see it on the big screen. i would love that.
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Re: You Got It!

Postby Sugardrugged Fairy » Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:47 am

I liked the atmosphere, but i won't watch this movie again, because that nasty fetus makes me want to puke.
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Re: You Got It!

Postby They-Shot-Waldo! » Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:58 am

Watched it last night for the first time in a year (and hopefully kicking off a bit of a Lynch marathon), love it so much. :D In many ways, it's Lynch's most pure cinematic work. And it really feels like you're bringing it down by trying to articulate it. Like the very best of his films, intuitively, on some level, you get it. Amazing. Really hope to see it on the big-screen soon. The sound work is an experience in itself.
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Re: You Got It!

Postby Bob_Dobbs_Blue_Bob » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:42 am

I had the soundtrack on cassette for years...ah, memories!
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