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David Lynch's Top Five Films for AFI Fest 2010

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 25, 2010 at 8:17AM

AFI Fest 2010's Guest Director, David Lynch, has chosen five films for his special sidebar program. Lynch graduated from AFI in 1970, and his first feature film, which was made while he was a Fellow at AFI's Center for Advanced Film Studies, Eraserhead, will also be screened. Lynch's five (fabulous, must-see) selections are:
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AFI Fest 2010's Guest Director, David Lynch, has chosen five films for his special sidebar program. Lynch graduated from AFI in 1970, and his first feature film, which was made while he was a Fellow at AFI's Center for Advanced Film Studies, Eraserhead, will also be screened. Lynch's five (fabulous, must-see) selections are:

Hour of the Wolf, directed by Ingmar Bergman
Lolita, directed by Stanley Kubrick
Mon Oncle, directed by Jacques Tati
Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Sunset Blvd, directed by Billy Wilder

Lynch says these films are the ones "that have inspired me most. I think each is a masterpiece,” adding that “if people have already seen them, they are certainly worth being seen again.  And if people haven’t seen them, here is an opportunity to see what I consider cinema at its best.” Lynch will attend the double-bill of Eraserhead and Sunset Blvd on November 6. He will be addressing questioned provided by "tweets" as of today (at @AFIFEST) and has prepared special video introductions for the other three films' screenings, which he will not attend. You can also credit Lynch with the fest's official poster art above.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Hollywood, News, Thriller, Drama, Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.