January 20, 2021

David Lynch's Birthday

On January 20, the famous American film director David Lynch celebrates his birthday.

David Lynch at the Governors Awards, 10/27/2019

David Keith Lynch was born on January 20, 1946 in the small town of Missoula, Montana, USA. David's father, Donald Walton Lynch, a descendant of German immigrants, was a research scientist working for the United States Department of Agriculture. The mother of the future director, Edwina, nee Sundholm, who had Finnish-Swedish roots, worked as an English teacher.

The Elephant Man. 1980. Movie's Rating - 8,966, 173rd Rank in the Golden Thousand.

At school, David did not study well, he did not show much zeal in his studies. Upon graduation, he entered the Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University in the American capital, but soon transferred to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Taft University in Boston. But he left this educational institution just a year later. He and his friend went to Europe, to Austria to take lessons from the famous expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka. But the artist did not accept them. Friends had to return to America.

The Elephant Man.

Upon his return to the United States, David Lynch entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. While studying at this Academy, in 1966 David Lynch made his first short, 4 minutes long, animated film "Six Men Getting Sick", for which he bought the cheapest movie camera. After that, Lynch directed several more experimental short films. And in 1970, having learned about the creation of the American Film Institute, he sent there the script for another short film he had conceived, his works and an application for a grant of $ 7,200. And he received this grant! As a result, the film "The Grandmother" was created, which enjoyed serious success with the audience.

The Straight Story. 1999. Movie's Rating - 8,394, 184th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

In 1977, David Lynch directed his first full-length feature film "Eraserhead", which was a huge financial success: with a budget of 10 thousand dollars, the film grossed more than 7 million dollars.

The Straight Story.

For his 77th birthday, David Lynch has directed 10 full-length feature films. 3 of them entered the Golden Thousand. Thanks to this indicator, David Lynch is included in the list of the 100 greatest directors of world cinema, compiled by FilmGourmand.

Mulholland Drive. 2001. Movie's Rating - 8,3, 416th Rank in the Golden Thousand.

David Lynch's directing activity has been marked by 58 film awards, including such prestigious awards as two Danish Bodil Prizes, the Palme d'Or and the Directing Prize of the Cannes Film Festival, two French Césars Prizes, and the European Film Academy Prize. In addition, David Lynch received an Honorary Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival and an honorary Oscar.

Mulholland Drive.

In honor of the anniversary of the great Master, we would like to remind fans of his work frames from the best films included in the Golden Thousand.

Mulholland Drive.