According to Wikipedia, the definition for a musical film is, “a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.“ With that being said, don’t you think it’s about time for the musical appreciating masses to embrace David Lynch movies with the same welcoming open armed fervor used to spread around such classics as Singin’ in the Rain, West Side Story, and The Lion King?
Okay, so his movies don’t have nearly as many singing and dancing numbers as more traditional musical films, but that doesn’t mean his contributions to the genre should go unnoticed. In fact, ***small spoiler alert*** a large part of what makes two of the man’s movies (Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006)) so memorable are the musical numbers used to usher in the closing credits. ***end of small spoiler alert***
A musical wishing well analogy, if I may: Lynch’s two cents being tossed into the on-screen musical wishing well may not always land with the other coins, in fact, it may not even land in the well at all. No, his two cents would more than likely wind up sitting some 20 yards away from the well with maggots crawling over them and amongst overgrown grass, like a freshly cut severed ear that some sap happens to come across while joyously flinging rocks in some meadow. His coins may not be stand out and sparkle like the others, but once you stumble upon them you can’t help but take notice.
Check out a few of my favorite musical numbers from different David Lynch films after the jump