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Fire Walk With the Prytania at Their David Lynch Retrospective


Twin Peaks fans, that gum you like is coming back in style. Over 25 years after David Lynch’s cult classic series ended, the much-anticipated new installment will premiere on Sunday, May 21st on Showtime. In honor of the revival, the Prytania Theatre will screen several of the director’s best known works during a four-week retrospective.

 

Kicking off the series is a weekend dedicated to late-night screenings of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the prequel to Twin Peaks. For the uninformed, the original television series follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan), an enthusiast for criminal justice and damn good coffee, in his investigation of the murder of high school student Laura Palmer.

 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, released a year after the show ended in 1991, explores the last week of the homecoming queen’s life. The movie, as with the oft-surrealist show, drew on elements of humor and horror in equal measure, fitting in Lynch’s signature offbeat directorial style. Though it received mixed reviews upon its 1992 release, Fire Walk with Me gained a cult following over the years and has been reassessed as one of the standout works in Lynch’s filmography. The director himself has said that the film is integral to understanding the new series, which will premiere Sunday night. 

 

The films that follow in the Prytania’s retrospective keep in theme of Lynch’s directorial leanings into the world of neo-noir and surrealist perversions. 

 

Next weekend will be dedicated to one of Lynch’s finest works, the 1986 noir film Blue Velvet. Here, Maclachlan stars as a college student trying to solve the mystery of a severed human ear, as he is drawn into the lives of a desperate lounge singer (played by Isabella Rossellini) and her psychopathic lover (masterfully portrayed by Dennis Hopper). 

 

The brilliant if intentionally obtuse Mullholland Drive — the 2001 film which won Lynch prizes at Cannes, the César Awards, and in NY & LA film critics circles — will also be screened as part of the Prytania’s series. The film features several seemingly independent vignettes, with Naomi Watts (who joined the rebooted Twin Peaks cast) in the lead as an aspiring actress in the City of Angels. 

 

Of course, no Lynch retrospective would be complete without his first film, the 1977 black & white body horror film Eraserhead. In the forty years since its release, the film has become a fixture on the midnight movie circuit. 

 

Complete schedule below: 

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me — May 19, 20, 21

Blue Velvet — May 26, 27, 28

Mulholland Drive — June 2, 3, 4

Eraserhead — June 9, 10, 11

Friday and Saturday screenings will occur at midnight, while the Sunday night shows will start at 10PM. Tickets are available at the Prytania’s box office or at theprytania.com




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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde

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Alexis Manrodt

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