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Eraserhead (Two original press photographs from the set of the 1977 film)
Los Angeles, CA: American Film Institute [AFI], 1974. Two vintage single weight press photographs from the set of the 1977 film. Lynch's film was shot piecemeal on an AFI backlot in Los Angeles over a period of five years, and two years into the project, cinematographer Herbert Cardwell died in his sleep at the age of 35. He was replaced after four weeks of searching by Frederick Elmes, who is shown in one of these images beside Lynch and Nance. Thus, we place the date of press photographs to late 1973 or early 1974. David Lynch's first feature film. The AFI provided the director with use of their lot (where he also lived during much of filming) at no charge, but he had difficulty getting financial assistance from them on the basis of his 20-page script and decidedly unorthodox methods. Terence Malick screened the film at one point for a financial backer, who walked out, calling the movie "bullshit." A bad call, as the film's wild success on the midnight movie circuit--and subsequent success as a legitimate art film--gained the vocal admiration of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Stanley Kubrick. Cinematographer Elmes had come up as an assistant cameraman on John Cassavetes' "A Women Under the Influence" (1974) and "The Killing of a Cinese Bookie" (1976), and went on to shoot Cassavetes' "Opening Night" (1977), Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Wild at Heart" (1990), Jim Jarmuch's "Night on Earth" (1991) and "Broken Flowers" (2005), Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997) and "Ride with the Devil" (1999), and Todd Solondz's "Storytelling" (2001). Both photos 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm), each with press notations at the margins as shown. Brief notations on the verso. Fine. Criterion Collection 725.
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