Now might be a good time to talk about Lynch’s Language of cameras, because we use it extensively in this blog– some other examples include:
- Analysis of the Furnace Scene with James Reveals some Weird Things
- A Cooper Scene in the Waiting Room is a Flashback, Laura is the Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane, and What That Means
Lynch likes to use audio and visual cues to communicate narrative to his audience. You need not look any further than the hobo-reveal scene in Mulholland drive to get a feel for how he operates. However, this practice is not unique to Lynch.
Famously, David Chase uses camera techniques to communicate information about the Sopranos’ finale. Stanley Kubrick uses cinematic techniques extensively to convey information about scenes and accentuate narrative structure. In A Clockwork Orange, for example, watch the two scenes at the writer’s cottage, and note how camera angles convey the mood in each scene.
This kind of camerawork, while masterfully executed by Lynch, is not unique to him. By following these well-established rules and crafting within them, Lynch is able to give us insight into the meanings of some of his otherwise cryptic scenes.
Camera techniques as a means of narrative storytelling aren’t unique to art house cinema. In just about every film or TV show you’ve ever watched, camera techniques are constantly used to subconsciously guide the viewer through the story the director is trying to tell. If this is a subject that interests you, here are some good resources to get you started: