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The David Lynch Files: Volume 1

About the Book

As a young artist working with minimal resources, aided by a dedicated cast and crew, David Lynch spent four-and-a-half years making his first feature. The result was a completely unique, darkly comic nightmare called Eraserhead. Carefully nurtured by distributor Libra Films, Eraserhead gradually developed a passionate audience despite a very mixed response from critics. It took four years for the film to reach Winnipeg, Canada, but when it finally did it took hold of writer Kenneth George Godwin's imagination. Determined to understand the nature of the film's power, Godwin wrote the first in-depth analysis of Eraserhead. That essay led to a commission to write an article for Cinefantastique. For the first time, the secretive Lynch agreed to tell the full story of the film's production.

Gathered together in this volume are the original essay, the complete production history, and full transcripts of all the interviews Godwin conducted with Lynch himself and members of the cast and crew of Eraserhead.

"An invaluable resource on the making of Eraserhead" - David Lynch & Kristine McKenna, Room to Dream

"Among the commentaries which Eraserhead has inspired, it is worth mentioning George Godwin's most interesting comments in Cinefantastique ... a must for the Lynchmaniac" - Michel Chion

"David Lynch's first work has become a cult film, but its bizarre imagery has never before received a cogent interpretation" - Film Quarterly

"K. George Godwin's definitive analysis of Eraserhead" - Paul M. Sammon

About the Author

Kenneth George Godwin
Kenneth George Godwin

Critic and filmmaker Kenneth George Godwin lives in Winnipeg, Canada, where he writes extensively about film on his website,, and directs and edits documentaries.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Eraserhead: An Appreciation
  • The Making of Eraserhead
  • Interviews
    • David Lynch
      • December 8, 1981
      • December 9, 1981
      • December 15, 1981
      • February 11, 1982
    • Cast and Crew
      • Jack Nance
      • Fred Elmes
      • Catherine Coulson
      • Alan Splet
      • Doreen Small
      • Jack Fisk
      • Laurel Near
      • Jeanne Bates
      • Peter Ivers
    • Additional Interviews
      • Ben Barenholz
      • Mel Brooks
      • Stuart Cornfeld
      • Jonathan Sanger

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