Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe • 2022 • United States
Starring John Waters, Karyn Kusama, Justin Benson
The themes, images, and cultural vernacular of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ continue to haunt David Lynch’s filmography—from his early short THE ALPHABET to his recent television series TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN. Arguably, no filmmaker has so consistently drawn inspiration—consciously or unconsciously—from a single work. Is Lynch trapped in the Land of Oz? If so, what can we learn about his body of work by taking a closer look at how it intersects and communicates with that legendary fantasy? In turn, what do Lynch’s films have to say about the enduring resonance of one of America’s most beloved classics? Through six distinct perspectives, Alexandre O. Philippe’s LYNCH/OZ helps us reexperience and reinterpret THE WIZARD OF OZ by way of David Lynch, delivering new appreciations of both.
—Michael Frank, The Film Stage
“Startling and exhilarating.”
—Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“A must for film nerds, Oz-aphiles and anyone who’s wondered why so many of Lynch’s characters wear red shoes.”
—David Fear, Rolling Stone