Next Door to Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

January 10–February 29, 2020

A retrospective of David Lynch’s big-screen work—a journey into a universe both banal and bizarre, incomparably strange and unsettlingly familiar.

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  • Eraserhead

  • Blue Velvet

  • Mulholland Drive

  • Lost Highway

  • Wild at Heart

  • The Straight Story

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Upcoming Films

  • Wild at Heart

    David Lynch
    United States, 1990

    Wild at Heart also screens Friday, February 14, with an introduction by Barry Gifford.

    • Wednesday, January 29 7 PM

    Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern are star-crossed lovers on the run from various maniacs, including Harry Dean Stanton, William Dafoe, and Dianne Ladd, in Lynch’s fantastical winner of Cannes’s Palme d’Or.

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  • Blue Velvet

    David Lynch
    United States, 1986

    Digital Restoration

    • Friday, January 10 6:30 PM
    • Friday, January 31 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 1 8 PM

    Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, and Dennis Hopper inhabit a small-town America steeped in psychic dread. Thirty years later, Lynch's color-saturated noir is “still a hilarious, red-hot poker to the brain” (Guy Maddin). 

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  • Lost Highway

    David Lynch
    United States, 1997
    • Friday, February 7 7 PM
    Introduction by Barry Gifford

    Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty flicker across the nocturnal highways and haunts of a nightmarish Los Angeles in Lynch’s audacious “twenty-first-century noir horror film,” as he and cowriter Barry Gifford dubbed it. 

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  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    David Lynch
    United States, 1992
    • Saturday, February 8 7 PM

    Lynch’s prequel to his cult television show Twin Peaks heads deeper into the woods of small-town Americana, a province of murder, perversity, and crap interior decorating. “Lynch’s masterpiece” (Village Voice).

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  • Wild at Heart

    David Lynch
    United States, 1990

    Wild at Heart also screens Wednesday, January 29 (without introduction).

    • Friday, February 14 7 PM
    Introduction by Barry Gifford

    Nicholas Cage and Laura Dern are star-crossed lovers on the run from various maniacs, including Harry Dean Stanton, William Dafoe, and Dianne Ladd, in Lynch’s fantastical winner of Cannes’s Palme d’Or.

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  • Mulholland Drive

    David Lynch
    United States, 2001

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    • Saturday, February 15 8 PM

    An ingenue recently arrived in Los Angeles (Naomi Watts) becomes involved with a raven-haired amnesiac beauty (Laura Harring) in Lynch’s Chandler-by-way-of-Borges postmodern noir, one of Sight & Sound’s “greatest films of all time.”

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  • Eraserhead

    David Lynch
    United States, 1976
    • Saturday, January 11 8 PM
    • Saturday, February 22 8 PM

    Lynch’s debut feature, still creepy after all these years: “a masterpiece of texture . . . an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze” (Village Voice).

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  • Premonitions: Short Films by David Lynch


    • Saturday, February 29 7:30 PM

    Discover or revisit the rare short works of David Lynch, from films he made as a student in the late sixties to later evocations of dreams and nightmares.

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Past Films

  • The Straight Story

    • Sunday, January 26 7 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1999

    An elderly man drives his lawn mower across the Midwest to see his ailing brother in Lynch’s atypically sweet-natured work, released by Walt Disney Pictures. “It may be my most experimental film,” Lynch claimed.

  • Dune

    • Friday, January 24 7 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1984

    Hired to adapt Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about interplanetary palace intrigues, Lynch came up with this legendarily baffling, dreamlike missive from the subconscious, featuring Kyle MacLachlan and a leather-clad Sting.

  • The Elephant Man

    • Sunday, January 12 4:30 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1980

    Archival Print

    Lynch turns the Victorian-era true story of “the ugliest man alive” into a study of prejudice, voyeurism, and human dignity, aided by a remarkable performance from John Hurt.

  • Eraserhead

    • Saturday, January 11 8 PM
    • Saturday, February 22 8 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1976

    Lynch’s debut feature, still creepy after all these years: “a masterpiece of texture . . . an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze” (Village Voice).

  • Blue Velvet

    • Friday, January 10 6:30 PM
    • Friday, January 31 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 1 8 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1986

    Digital Restoration

    Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, and Dennis Hopper inhabit a small-town America steeped in psychic dread. Thirty years later, Lynch's color-saturated noir is “still a hilarious, red-hot poker to the brain” (Guy Maddin).