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
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  • Past
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Upcoming Films

Past Films

  • 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).

  • Mulholland Drive

    • Saturday, February 15 8 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 2001

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    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.”

  • Wild at Heart

    • Friday, February 14 7 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1990

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

    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.

    Introduction by Barry Gifford

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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

    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).

  • Lost Highway

    • Friday, February 7 7 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1997

    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. 

    Introduction by Barry Gifford

  • 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). 

  • Wild at Heart

    • Wednesday, January 29 7 PM
    David Lynch
    United States, 1990

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

    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.

  • 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.