Brings back some Memories David Lynch & Mark Frost Snoqualmie WA 2017
There has been much comment on the scene in part 4 of the Return where Wally Brando pays his respects to Sheriff Frank Truman. There has even been minor controversy regarding it, mostly on whether or not it was very or not at all amusing.
Some have noted that the name of the character played by Michael Cera
combines the last name of the famous actor Marlon Brando with the first
name of the great queer love of his life, Wally Cox. (Their ashes are
scattered together in Death Valley.) However, I have yet to see anyone
take note of the fact that the actor playing Sheriff Truman,
Robert Forster, first appeared in films (and in a starring role)
opposite Mr Brando, in John Huston’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’
novella Reflections in a Golden Eye, as the unrequited object of
his desire. Whether an intentional reference or not, on the part of
Lynch or Frost, for me, this greatly affects the meanings this scene may
bear, especially given the scene just prior, which gives this section
of Lynch’s long long film its title, where Deputy Bobby Briggs weeps over seeing again after many years the photo of his long lost high school girlfriend and partner in crime, Laura Palmer.
The short essays and the images I post to this blog tend to reflect my present interests and work. Occasionally I will present my own work in drawing or painting, but more often what one finds there are the sources for that work.