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David Lynch Explains Why TV Is Better Than the Movies

Jun 25, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Buried under the headlines in an interview that gave Donald Trump some material for his tweets, veteran film director David Lynch offered an interesting observation about working in television vs. working in feature films.

Lynch’s interview with the U.K. publication The Guardian provided a headline that Trump has already retweeted when Lynch, who explained that he’s “not really a political person” — and who said he voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary — said of Trump: “He could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history because he has disrupted the thing so much. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.”

Turning to his recent work in television, Lynch said he’s sticking with the medium for now because it enables him to tell a “continuing story.”

“I would not make a feature film in today’s world because the kind of films I make couldn’t be on the big screen for very long,” Lynch told the publication.

Lynch also offered an explanation for why he has had surprisingly little to say about his high-profile 2017 TV return to “Twin Peaks.”

“When you finish anything, people want you to then talk about it. And I think it’s almost like a crime,” Lynch said. “A film or a painting — each thing is its own sort of language and it’s not right to try to say the same thing in words. The words are not there. The language of film, cinema, is the language it was put into, and the English language — it’s not going to translate. It’s going to lose.”

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