Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Revisit Lynch’s film before the 5/21 premiere of the new Twin Peaks series —

R, 134 minutes

This screening is part of: LATE NIGHTS AT THE ART

Lynch’s harrowing attempt to close the book on both his signature series and arguably his most memorable and tragic character. A prequel to the television phenomenon surrounding the mysterious death of a 17-year-old homecoming queen, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me plunges into the show’s dark heart and defining trauma, chronicling the final week in the brief life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee)—a film predestined to end with the death of its protagonist. For Lynch, the entire Twin Peaks project was a laboratory where he worked out some ideas that would define his later films. In Fire Walk with Me, the filmmaker experimented with narrative strictures and structures, and moved toward more direct expressions of emotion, as if the time he spent in the Twin Peaks cosmos allowed him to reduce the film counterpart to its essentials: pain and sorrow, hypnotically and heartbreakingly rendered. (1992, David Lynch, 134 min, R)

“In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch’s masterpiece.” -Village Voice

“One of Lynch’s darkest, most disturbing films precisely because it is able to delve into the places that the show simply wasn’t allowed to explore on national television.” -Movie Mezzanine

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