6… Surreal Cinema
inspired by David Lynch and Federico Fellini
“Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there’s humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.”
The sixth chapter of the Stalker Chronicles was inspired by David Lynch and Federico Fellini in the style of Surreal Cinema. This style of film is characterized by a non-linear narrative depicted in dreamlike and fantasy images.
Surrealist works are often depicted by unexpected juxtapositions and non-sequiturs. Andre Breton, a French writer, poet, and leader of the Surrealist movement in the 1920’s defined Surrealism as:
Surrealism. Philosophy. Surrealism is based on the belief in the superior reality of certain forms of previously neglected associations, in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought. It tends to ruin once and for all other psychic mechanisms and to substitute itself for them in solving all the principal problems of life.
FEDERICO FELLINI & DAVID LYNCH
Federico Fellini was an Italian film director celebrated for his distinct style of filmmaking that blends fantasy and baroque images. He is considered one of the most influential and widely revered filmmakers of the 20th century, blending his own distinctive style of typically autobiographical films that imposed dreamlike or hallucinatory imagery upon ordinary situations and portrayed people at their most bizarre. “Felliniesque” was coined to define the style of filmmaking where dreams and reality are perceived as one experience.
David Lynch is an American filmmaker and visual artist. His unique and distinctive approach to narrative and filmmaking is instantly recognizable as “Lynchian.” Lynch films are known for nightmarish and dreamlike images and meticulous sound design. They also often depict a seedy underside to small-town America or sprawling California metropolises.
“Providing a portal into the collective subconscious, the daydream nation conjured up in tales such as Blue Velvet, Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive is by turns frightening, exasperating, revelatory and wild. Nobody makes films like David Lynch. He is our spooky tour guide through a world of dancing dwarves, femme fatales and little blue boxes that may (or may not) contain all the answers. We wouldn’t want to live in the places he takes us. Somehow, we suspect, we do.” Quoted from Guardian News & Media Limited
What are they Saying???
What are the girls whispering to Ryan Braun??
They are speaking Italian…
“C’est Solo Ryan Braun.” which means “There is only Ryan Braun.”
“Anima Persa” which means “Lost Soul.”
DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
Dark Night of the Soul is an album written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. The album features a hand-numbered 100+ page book of photos taken by David Lynch, said to be a visual narrative for the music. This book has been limited to 5000 copies. You can purchase this amazing album at the DNOTS website here.