Asheville Film Society Free Screening
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). Dir.: David Lynch. Players: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Michael J. Anderson, David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland. Running Time: 134 min. Sunday, Feb. 24.
As the connective tissue ostensibly created to tie up some loose-ends following the abrupt cancellation of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me was critically derided on its release in 1992 — not for what it was, but for what it wasn’t. Those looking for resolution to the seminal TV series’ notorious cliff-hanger were bitterly disappointed, audiences booed the film at Cannes, and the feature-length prequel was relegated to classification as lesser Lynch for two-and-a-half decades. With the eighteen episode resolution to the story, Twin Peaks: The Return, FWWM is overdue for a reevaluation within the show’s newly expanded context. Not only is it one of Lynch’s most underrated films from an aesthetic standpoint, it’s also essential to understanding what the hell is going on in the series’ latest episodes — and here’s a rare chance to catch up on the big screen now that the missing pieces are in place.