Monday, November 3, 2008

"Premonition Following An Evil Deed" (1995)

Released in 1995, Lumière and Company is a unique venture in which 40 film makers were given the opportunity to create under some rather specific stipulations. As a tribute to the 100 year anniversary, they could only shoot with the original Cinematographe which was invented by the Lumière Brothers and also film while working under conditions similar to those of 1895. Other rules included a time limit of nothing more than one minute, no synchronized sound could be utilized and no more than 3 scene takes were allowed. The line up of directors was a list of the internationally renowned and includes Wim Wenders, Spike Lee, Lasse Hallström, John Boorman and David Lynch amongst others.

I found the most interesting of the bunch to be the segment from a longtime favorite, David Lynch. Eraserhead (1977) was the first of his films I discovered and was hooked from that point forward. Still harbor fond memories of trekking to downtown Chicago for the midwestern premiere of Blue Velvet (1986) with a buddy and loving the guts out of that flick. David Lynch still manages to tickle my gray matter and massage my eyeballs with most all of his artistic endeavors and this short film does not disappoint on any level.

Titled "Premonition Following An Evil Deed", this black and white film offers up a fever dream vision from Lynch. Distinctive and disturbing in even measures, there is more visual storytelling and evocative imagery at work here than in most any of the top Hollywood movies of the last ten years. Enough of my blather, I'll let the film speak for itself, followed by Mr. Lynch commenting briefly.


  1. That is amazing. I'm a huge fan of David Lynch. He has done some really great work over the years.

  2. David Lynch has a real gift with the camera and crams so much and many elements into all those seconds of film.