The performer of Twin Peaks theme Julee Cruise's experimental concert film, which opens with a short intro where a man breaks up with his girl over the phone, which devastates her. The concert is set in her nightmarish subconscious mind.
Pivoting around the emotionally charged telephone conversation between an unsuspecting Laura Dern, and a devastated but determined Nicolas Cage, the first powerful scene of David Lynch's "Industrial Symphony" ends with a painful breakup. Then, a floating Julee Cruise dressed in white appears out of thin air, inviting us in a palpable, ill-lit, nightmarish hallucination, as the cacophonous sounds of rejection intensify the despair of the heart-broken woman. To portray the scarred, anhydrous landscapes of separation and solitude, Julee Cruise performs hauntingly evocative songs from her 1989 debut album, "Floating into the Night", as well as recordings from the second season of Twin Peaks (1990). The performance was filmed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, on November 10, 1989.Written by
Ever wondered what it would be like if David Lynch put on a musical stage show with Julee Cruise? Look no further! Industrial Symphony is a supremely strange show put together by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti for the annual Brooklyn Academy of Music. They only had two weeks to prepare for the show, and so the result is rather remarkable.
It opens with Sailor and Lula from Wild at Heart on the phone, with Sailor leaving Lula. The rest of the film is an extended fever dream set on stage. It reminded me of a concert, only this is a concert by David Lynch so there's awful blonde wigs, half naked women gyrating on cars and dwarfs sawing logs. I found it rather fabulous.
Julee's vocals are incredibly haunting and hypnotic. Match this with the visuals David presents us and it feels incredibly nightmarish. There's a moment where Julee stops and screams mid-song and falls from the rope suspending her from the ceiling. It's so jarring and it actually scared me a little bit. It doesn't help that she turns into some 30ft skinned papier-mâché deer either.
The whole thing wouldn't have felt out of place if it appeared as a scene in Inland Empire, so that gives you an idea of its mesmerising weirdness. For Lynch fans, it's unmissable. For everyone else, it isn't.
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