Twin Peaks Usenet Archive

Subject: directors, etc.
From: podlozny@csli.Stanford.EDU (Ann Podlozny)
Date: 1990-04-24, 10:16
Reply-to: (Ann Podlozny)

Here's a *little* bit of info on directors/style from the May issue of 
_Elle_, written by Graham Fuller, quoted without permission from

"Lynch and Frost have each directed one more episode [beyond the pilot]; the
other directors, including Tim Hunter, Tina Rathborne, and Caleb
Deschanel, were chosen for their movie backgrounds.  The casting draws
on screen icons from the past, with Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Piper
Laurie, and Lipton inscribing the fifties and sixties, while the high
school kids evoke _Rebel Without a Cause_ rather than _Heathers_.
'We have some of that fifties hyperrealism,' says Frost, 'but we sought
a timeless quality, so that it's unclear what decade it is -- the
show is like a cultural compost heap.'
	'There's a certain stylized B-picture quality that's sacred to
me,' says Lynch.  'When the light is right in old neighborhoods, you
get a rush from your childhood, and then a modern car drives through
bringing the two things together.  This happened when we were shooting
in the school, which was built in the fifties.  Something from that
era started floating around in the present and influenced may things
that took place on the set.'
	...The refusal to telegraph every emotion with the paint-by-numbers
film grammar of _Dallas_ and _Dynasty_ may disarm some watchers even
more than the Magritte-like imagery.  'I couldn't care less about
changing TV conventions,' says Lynch.  'We just wanted to feel the mood
of a town that seemed a thrilling place to visit.  And *everybody's*
obsessed with mysteries and secrets.' "

There's also a great picture of 'Audrey' (plus article) in the same