Film: Wild At Heart

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Wild At Heart

Director: David Lynch
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Distributor: MGM (Video & DVD)

David Lynch’s 1990 Wild at Heart is an utterly random and ugly experience with pockets of startling imagery and inspired set pieces. Based on a Barry Gifford novel, the film stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as lovers on the lam whose relationship is tested and who meet some truly dangerous wackos (including an almost-simian Willem Dafoe). Lynch’s thoughts seem to be everywhere, and he expects the audience to keep up with a story that seems more a collection of avant-garde whims than a coherent vision with the intuitive brilliance of his…

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David Lynch’s 1990 Wild at Heart is an utterly random and ugly experience with pockets of startling imagery and inspired set pieces. Based on a Barry Gifford novel, the film stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as lovers on the lam whose relationship is tested and who meet some truly dangerous wackos (including an almost-simian Willem Dafoe). Lynch’s thoughts seem to be everywhere, and he expects the audience to keep up with a story that seems more a collection of avant-garde whims than a coherent vision with the intuitive brilliance of his Blue Velvet. Cage gives one of his more chaotic performances, but then he was just reading Lynch’s signposts. —Tom Keogh

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Book:Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula

Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula

Barry Gifford

The heroes of Barry Gifford’s world are Sailor and Lula, unconditional lovers whose dreams and adventures were David Lynch’s inspiration for the award-winning movie version of this novel.

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