there are few words that are more misused than surrealism. eraserhead is not a work of surrealism. surrealism links the unconscious with the conscious. bizarre, pointless images that come from nowhere and fail to connect two states of being is not surrealism. it's just disjointed and random oddness. i think the films of david lynch take the cake for inducing the emporor new clothes effect in people. i can follow just about anything, even the poems of antonin artaud, but this film makes no sense and doesn't even make sense in terms of making no sense. it connects nothing to nothing and doesn't even do that in an existential way. existentialism and surrealism are schools of thought and have rules and it amazes me how so many people get suckered into believing anything that is solipsistic or just plain weird is surreal. i hated this movie.
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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Is it a nightmare or an actual view of a post-apocalyptic world? Set in an industrial town in which giant machines are constantly working, spewing smoke, and making noise that is inescapable, Henry Spencer lives in a building that, like all the others, appears to be abandoned. The lights flicker on and off, he has bowls of water in his dresser drawers, and for his only diversion he watches and listens to the Lady in the Radiator sing about finding happiness in heaven. Henry has a girlfriend, Mary X, who has frequent spastic fits. Mary gives birth to Henry's child, a frightening looking mutant, which leads to the injection of all sorts of sexual imagery into the depressive and chaotic mix.
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I can think of very few films that have sound as their most commendablefeature. The Exorcist is one, a film that, aside from infrequent strains of`Tubular Bells', adopts minimal incidental music. This is laudable in ahorror genre where shocks are clearly signposted and predicted byovergenerous musical stings. The Exorcist may be flawed, but its avoidanceof this field cliché is worthy of praise.
Eraserhead is the other film that excels in sound. A frankly disturbingconcoction of industrial score and white noise with undercurrents of musicalhall and sonorous church organ, it is almost an extra character in the film,and easily it's most prominent factor.
Yet Eraserhead is to be recommended for more than its incidentals. Animpenetrable and gloomy work, what is it actually about? Who is the credited`man in the planet' who pulls levers that control giant spermatozoa? Manyquestions like this permeate a film which perhaps has to be seen severaltimes to get over the initial shock of it's avant gardism. Lynch extractsthe everyday and supplants it with the exceptionally bizarre. The experienceof meeting a girlfriend's parents for the first time is never worse thanhere, where the parents in question gyrate spasmodically to the animatedlegs of a blood-spitting chicken. It's these scenes along with thedeformed mutant baby that could lend the film the air of an abortiondebate. Birth and repressed sexuality thrive throughout the film, fromsuckling puppies to the seductive appeal of the `beautiful girl across thehall' and a mother-in-law that gets too close for comfort. I guess theentire film could be a man's mental breakdown when faced with the prematureresponsibilities of marriage and fatherhood. Though to be honest I couldn'teven begin to imagine what it's really all about.
Encroaching blackness fills every scene, where lights are intermittent atbest, and at worse fail completely. Often sets particularly the bedroomwhen `Mary X' is feeding the child are like prison cells. Two of the mosteerie segments involve a title-explaining dream (?) where Henry's (Nance's)head is carved into pencil rubbers and an unsettling musical number from the`lady in the radiator'. This is the same lady with two candyfloss-like lumpson her cheeks that alternates her stage appearances between stamping ongiant sperm to singing with religious convictions.
Direction and cinematography are brilliant throughout, though the climax isthe ultimate extension of a film that borders on darker, extremelyunpleasant aspects of reality. I took a girl to see this film once, wherethe conclusion formed the final straw in what could be seen as a cycle ofrepellent imagery. I wonder why I never saw her again?
I sometimes dream of waking to a completely dark world, a world with nosunlight and minimal artificial light. My vision is blurred, but thereis nothing to see. The streets are virtually empty, and my friends andfamily are lifeless; sitting, standing or even walking, but withnothing to do or say, and nowhere to go. No questions are asked becausethere is nothing to learn, nothing is discussed because nothing isinteresting. And it is this dismal reality I am faced with, onlypartially aware that there is anything better.
The existence I dream of is somewhat reminiscent of the world of HenrySpencer, the main character in Eraserhead, who becomes father to ahideously deformed baby. That's what the film is about at face value,but the very style in which it is portrayed is the real beauty of it.The setting and scenery makes the film one of the most desperatelydepressing I have ever seen. And although Henry seems to be devoid ofany spark of personality, we can't help but sympathise with himthroughout the film.
Similar to my dream, the only form of light is artificial, the streetsare virtually empty, and the only person in the entire film who has anypersonality is the father-in-law, and the only thing he has to talkabout is his poor health. He also seems to be the only one with anylink to better times. ("I've watched this city turn from pastures tothe hell-hole it is now.") The city they live in is completelyindustrialized, and the only plant life seen is dead, and in a pile ofsoil on Henry's bedside table.
Some have suggested it is based after a nuclear holocaust, but nothingis explained to any conclusion. One of the beauties of this film isthat it practically begs the viewer to decide for themselves what anyof it means, and there are many theories. I warn you not to read themessage board of Eraserhead before you see the film, as it is so muchmore powerful and chilling to experience it first-hand.
The first time I saw Eraserhead, I was completely confused. It ispossible that David Lynch just put a load of random imagery togetherand called it a film. Maybe he wanted the viewers to put it alltogether and make their own sense of it (or not). On the other hand,there might actually be a set formula behind it and only the veryopen-minded and discerning audience can properly decipher it.
One viewing of Eraserhead is enough to raise about a dozen questions,and to leave you gasping for answers. Two viewings are probably enoughto give you theories about some of the cryptic depictions hauntinglyportrayed. Three viewings might be enough to give you a completelydifferent set of theories, battling persistently against your previousconceptions, but still leaving just a few details that don't quite seemto fit in. The truth is that there may be parts that don't make sensein one interpretation, but fit in perfectly to another. You couldprobably watch Eraserhead several times, and each time see a slightlydifferent story. Or if you were to ask six different people exactlywhat Eraserhead is about, you would get six different answers, eachequally correct in their own right, and each equally confused.
That being said, this definitely isn't a film for everyone. This is thefirst Lynch film I have seen, and it certainly won't be the last. Butthere will no doubt be many who see this purely as a lot of clever mindtricks and special effects (for its time, anyway.) There will be thosewho don't like much to think about, and want it all explained bit bybit in perfect detail. Well, Eraserhead is an epitome of everythingsuch moviegoers will hate. I will say this for certain: If yourfavourite films are 'Love Actually' or 'Dude, Where's My Car?', youprobably won't get much out of Eraserhead. But for those who like theirconcepts challenged once in a while, this film will probably be one towatch again and again until you understand. This is also not a film tobe forgotten easily. Love it or hate it, Eraserhead will stay with youfor a very long time.