David Lynch began filming this surrealist horror-fantasy, his first feature-length film, as an AFI Fellow. Featuring a man who lives on the moon, a mutant baby and a girl who lives in a radiator, the film obsessively concerns itself with stark, strange allegories. Lynch's favorite character actor Jack Nance is Henry, who leads a quiet, desperate life until his girlfriend gives birth to a strangely deformed baby. ERASERHEAD's influence is vast, from John Waters and Darren Aronofsky to H.R. Giger; Stanley Kubrick told Lynch it was his favorite film, and he screened it for the cast and crew of THE SHINING before filming, to "put them in the mood." DIR/SCR/PROD David Lynch. U.S., 1977, b&w, 89 min. NOT RATED
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