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Lost Highway Analysis
08-25-2013, 05:54 PM
Post: #1
Lost Highway Analysis
I really hope that thread name isn't already taken, lol.

Anyways, I did a Lost Highway Analysis. Rob was taking too long to do his. So here you go -



The video got instantly taken down for copyright, but I contested the claim. WATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN, because YT will take it down within the month most likely. But I'm dedicated to getting my analyses out there somehow! Anyways, hope you like it, and feel free to disagree with me on everything, knowing that some people will.

Also, sorry Rob, I stole your copyright disclaimer. I was hoping it might help somehow, but YT insta-bans videos now, without even giving me a chance.
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08-26-2013, 04:31 AM (This post was last modified: 08-26-2013 05:03 AM by Cionster.)
Post: #2
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
One thing bass, I'd up the level of the dialogue on the sound track. Compared to your narration, it is difficult to make out, at least on a lap top with shi**y speakers!
However, it doesn't take away from the video. I enjoyed it. I'm always saying this, but music plays a huge part in Lynch's films. The mad solo Fred plays at the start is meant to show that he can 'loose his mind' and fall in to a creative pit. Think about this a moment. A solo in a song (forgive me, you would know this being a musician) is not random. It's not someone flying off the handle. Beneath the solo is the tune you have been playing all along. The solo is a busier re enactment of the tune, so to speak. This is what the second narrative is essentially, though the word Lynch uses is not 'solo', but Fugue. Fred tries to re imagine his life, rather like a piece of music, it's all the same notes, but as in a fugue, they are all played on other instruments. When you think of Lynch's narratives in terms of musical form, rather than film or narrative, they begin to make much more sense. Good work on the video Bass. Wink
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08-26-2013, 05:23 AM
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RE: Lost Highway Analysis
(08-26-2013 04:31 AM)Cionster Wrote:  Think about this a moment. A solo in a song (forgive me, you would know this being a musician) is not random. It's not someone flying off the handle. Beneath the solo is the tune you have been playing all along. The solo is a busier re enactment of the tune, so to speak.

Unless the genre is free jazz Big Grin
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08-26-2013, 06:04 AM (This post was last modified: 08-26-2013 06:05 AM by Cionster.)
Post: #4
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
Even free jazz has form. Otherwise it's just someone 'wa*king'! My point is, you have to know all the right notes in order to know what (in the case of free jazz) is discordant with them. I'm sure there are some terrible, self indulgent players who will tell you whay they play is 'free jazz', but even they know it's music for disappearing up your arse to! Smile
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08-26-2013, 07:36 AM
Post: #5
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
Well like I said at the end of the video I never meant to cover absolutely everything, I pointed out the fermata tattoo as something that I could stretch to finding meaning in, but didn't want to go into for the sake of letting others have a turn too.

As for dialogue, sorry, there's really nothing I can do, unless I were to compress the crap out of the movie. David Lynch has a very dynamic sound design to his films, where there will be very loud and very quiet moments. The quiet moments are usually the dialogue, and if I boost the volume, it'll distort. So for the sake of keeping the volume at a level that isn't horrible sounding, I had to have it a bit quiet. Again, really nothing I can do.

But thanks for the feedback, and I'll keep it in mind when making other videos. Hopefully this one doesn't get taken down for copyright!
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08-27-2013, 04:59 AM
Post: #6
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
None of that was a criticism(other than being critical about my speakers' lack of dynamic range!) , as I said, I enjoyed it.
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08-28-2013, 06:49 AM
Post: #7
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
FYI this video beat all 3 copyright claims marked on it. I used Rob's "copyright disclaimer", and if he doesn't mind, I'll continue to use it for my analysis videos for the simple fact that it's not only true, but it helps. That said, I hope that I can continue to post my analysis videos on that account without it getting banned.
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09-06-2013, 07:39 AM
Post: #8
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
Thanks for your analysis,
i also noticed that the mystery man's videocamera doesn't look handheld at all when we see the shots of it. Like the one with a pan on the house, looks a bit too much like it's been shot with a tripod (i haven't seen the movie for a long time - i just judge from the shots you included). It links to the porn shots (tinted in blue as well), but i don't know what to think of it.
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09-07-2013, 10:42 AM
Post: #9
RE: Lost Highway Analysis
Well that's definitely the case, the camera doesn't switch to handheld until he gets inside the house. So there might be an underlying "porn" message there but I'd have to look into the frequent editing and filming techniques of porn in order to really make the distinction and see if David Lynch intended it that way...

and I'm not going to sit down and watch a bunch of porn just to find out.
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