Eraserhead

NR, 99 minutes

A dream of dark and troubling things . . .

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance (Twin Peaks’ Pete Martell), this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film. (1977, David Lynch, US, 89 min, restored DCP c. Janus Films)

“The images are so alien and frightening, yet so rapturously beautiful, that you feel as if you’re glimpsing the primal id of cinema. There are obvious inspirations informing Eraserhead, but it’s clearly the work of an original and almost spookily confident talent.” -Slant: Chuck Bowen

“Watching Eraserhead now feels like wandering through a nightmare more than ever, due in part to its central conceit and the expected barrage of disturbing events and images that it entails—distended faces, animal carcasses, etc.—but even the film’s few familiar features add to this dreamlike quality.” -Cine-File Chicago: Anne Orchier


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