Thursday, June 22, 2017

Twin Peaks: the Return part 7, there’s a Body all right!

David Lynch & Mark Frost 
Los Angeles CA 2016

It’s worth noting that Laura Dern’s mother is also named Diane.  She gave a ferocious performance in Lynch’s least accomplished film, Wild at Heart (no fault to her or her daughter, Laura.)  Here the daughter is looking a lot like the mother did then, but with her own sorrowful and anguished cries distorting her ample jaw, much as those emotions did in Blue Velvet.  Dern has served Lynch very well over the years, never more so than in Inland Empire, their masterpiece together.  She brings a great deal of this history into these new scenes and this new character, who appears to have been waiting many years for her to embody her.  It speaks well to the skills of these two great actors, Dern and Kyle MacLachlan, that these extra narrative concerns in no way intrude on the present story until contemplating this section well after first viewing.  One assumes that Mr C went pretty far in betraying the trust that Diane Evans had in her beloved boss Dale Cooper.  Rape, violation of some kind, is implied to have occurred shortly after Mr C’s liberation from the Lodge.  The scenes between the imprisoned doppelganger and Dale’s old colleagues have been among my favorite of the new Twin Peaks.

The British Petroleum Officer

performed by Karen Lank
from the Petrol Officer, part fifteen, a Structural Flaw
recorded & edited by Dale Wittig
Coventry & Mansfield CT, 
Manhattan NY & San Francisco CA 

A few years ago, my sister was kind enough to enact a Character in the Tale I was telling at the time. She did so with some reluctance as she didn't like the mustiness of the Clothes she was forced to don and her lack of experience with the physical comedy she assumed I wanted in her Performance.  Yet she did everything I asked of her with the simplicity I had hoped for and was rewarded with exactly the Tone needed.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Twin Peaks: the Return part 6 Don’t Die (Vegas)

David Lynch & Mark Frost
2016 Las Vegas NV
 Make sense of it...

Last Sunday’s section of the ongoing film was largely divided between events in Twin Peaks WA and Las Vegas NV.  An earlier post examined the event in the rural community and this one takes images from the urban desert business.  It begins with Duncan Todd receiving a message in the form of a red square, which prompts him to send a message consisting of a black dot to a small muscular hit man named Ike (remember that Red flipped a coin with a portrait in profile of President  Ike, in the Twin Peaks set segment.) Ike “the Spike” is given the assignment of removing the contractor who flubbed the hit on Dougie, as well as Dougie himself, with his ice pick.  Elsewhere in Vegas, Dougie marked his case files with pictographs of ladders, stairs, blobs & conduits that somehow make sense to Bushnell “Battling Bud” Mullins, his Boss. In the last two pictures Janey is about to pay off two loan sharks, forthrightly stiffing them for half the cash they figure her husband owes them.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Yul Brynner portrait photo

Cecil Beaton 
circa 1945

I don't know that this next one is by Beaton, but it looks like it could have come from the same session.  The last one I'm pretty certain isn't Beaton's work, but I think it's equally as fine as the best above, or near, and Yul Brynner is looking as fine as he ever did with facial, chest and arm hair.