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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me.

David Lynch, director: Twin Peaks--Fire Walk with Me (New Line Home Video). Though nobody needed the subtitled dwarf, this much-maligned film is a lot tougher than Wild at Heart,and also probably the greatest teen-jeopardy flick ever made. It opens on the corpse of Teresa Banks, the fiend's first victim, then focuses on the surprise and despair around her mouth, frozen by rigor mortis; the movie sheds its conceits when Laura Palmer, in a heedlessly extremist performance by Sheryl Lee, finds the same expression in life. Now the most ordinary situation is the worst: Laura's father taunting her at the dinner table because she hasn't washed her hands. You know he'll get rid of the dirt by the end, and in this sudden moment so does Laura. The disbelief in her face as he rails at her is awful, but not as bad as the belief that replaces it.

The composition of many shots is arty, the efficient production of effects that mostly call attention to themselves; the composition of others is so fine they all but leave the picture. Near the beginning, the FBI agent played by Chris Isaak stands in a trailer park, his feet on wet grounds, trenchcoat on his shoulders, mountains in the background: a last moment of contemplation and puzzlement before he disappears from the film like Bulkington from Moby-Dick. I rewound the tape, hit the pause button, and stared into a perfect picture of the loneliness, the possibility of abandonment, implicit in American open spaces--where, as Lynch says here, anything can happen, and will.
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Author:Marcus, Greill
Publication:Artforum International
Article Type:Television Program Review
Date:Mar 1, 1993
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