Scared Smart: Eraserhead

Directed by David Lynch

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Friday, October 28, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 29, 3 p.m.

Eraserhead must stand as a pinnacle of screen surrealism to rival Buñuel’s Un Chien Andalou.”—Jason Solomons, Observer

David Lynch’s debut feature film, Eraserhead, is a celebrated cult classic and a work of extreme craft and beauty. With striking black-and-white cinematography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, an evocative sound design integrating industrial ambiance, and a riveting performance by lead actor Jack Nance, this nocturnal delight continues to haunt American cinema.

Shot over the course of several years due to difficulty in raising production funds, Lynch created the story of Brillo-haired Henry Spencer (Nance) caught in a desolate wasteland disturbed by nightmares and left to care for his deformed child. 1977, U.S., 35mm, 89 minutes. Recommended for 17+.

With Frances McDonald, Assistant Professor of English, University of Louisville.  McDonald received her doctorate from Duke University and holds an MA in English and American Studies from the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on twentieth-century American literature and film, critical theory, and digital humanities. Abiding scholarly interests include avant-garde literature and cinema, science fiction, horror, affect theory, and visual culture.

Scared Smart: Halloween Weekend

Each of these three horror classics will be complimented with introductions and post-screening discussions by faculty from the University of Louisville. Special program assistance provided by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities & Society. Non-Member $9, Member $7, U of L students $5.