David Lynch on Criticism

MC: I remember when I first saw `Fire Walk With Me’, at the Cannes film festival, there were loud boos – how does the apparent failure of a film like this affect you?

DL: `Dune’ was a failure to me, because I didn’t feel I did, you know, the `Dune’ I should have done. This was not a failure to me, because I felt it was a film that I did the way I should have done it. And so we learn that we can’t control anything that happens after a film is finished, and sometimes things go well in the world, and sometimes they don’t. But if you believe in the film, and you’ve done your best, they can’t take that away from you. There’s this thing – there’s the doughnut, and there’s the hole, and we should keep our eye on the doughnut and not on the hole. Everything that happens after a film is finished is maybe interesting and it can be, you know, very hurtful, or exhilarating in certain ways, but it has not much to do with the work. And so I would like to go back to work as quickly as I can or do, you know, painting or work on music. And be separate, you know, from those things I can’t control.

thanks to this website for transcribing this whole interview

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One Response to David Lynch on Criticism

  1. I very much appreciate this response from Lynch. Failure is all a matter of perception. If you do what you set out to do, you cannot be considered a failure.
    –JW

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