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Eraserhead [DVD]
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on September 20, 2014
Don't risk buying from this supplier. My DVD was a dud. Won't play on any blu-ray device. Get the Criterion issue to be safe.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2003
Seeing as I am sixteen, I expect many reading this review will have little regard for it. However, I still find it imperative to write about my experience with this film. My first time watching Eraserhead, I had little conscious understanding of the symbolism and metaphorical aspects of this movie, as I had simply read the Christian decipherment of Eraserhead off the internet. Even with my flawed understanding of the film, I was taken away in it. At the end, as Henry embraced the Lady in the Radiator, I was torn between dismay, sympathy and happiness. Whether you're an English savant, or simply the average bloke with an interest in film does not matter. This film will reach out to you. If you pay attention and let the film take its affect on you, you will see its true masterpiece. I have finally deciphered, or at least made my own analysis of, the bulk of the movie. Anything that can make someone think that much, and trigger so many emotions is amazing. Eraserhead will make you question your life rather than the film itself. This film illustrates the vulnerability and helplessness of those with certain sicknesses, disorders or diseases. Eraserhead is about a man whose illness is actuated by reuniting with a lady who he previously had a sexual rendevouz with. However, one questions Henry and Mary even being two people; there are many similarities between both Mary's family and Henry, although the film only presents one concrete image of our "hero": a lonely individual with little hope. If one pays attention though, (s)he will notice the hills Henry walks in the beginning, ending in an inevitable descendence, the scene in which Mary cries uncontrollably while her father smiles maniacally, and the "baby" laughing while Henry, depressed, sits in a corner. The many distinct contrasts in this film lead me to believe Henry is, in fact, manic-depressive. However, other illnesses, diseases, or sicknesses could be argued as well; even an entirely different breakdown of the film could be argued. Regardless, in this man's case, his sickness drove him to suicide. All in all, Eraserhead is a depressing but none-the-less fascinating work of art.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2003
Many viewers of David Lynch's Eraserhead have exhausted all avenues of erudition to decipher the complex pandoras box of Lynch's debut film. I too, belonged to this cogitative elite. Many have tried to implicate the intimation of theosophical reference or cosmological theory or refutation of deities as the main focus of the picture. However, it occured to me sometime ago that Eraserhead is not that complicated. Not as much as Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive , but certainly there is a trick to it all. If you know even the most cavil of facts regarding Mr. Lynch, you probably are aware that he despises Philadelphia. Viewing the film with this in mind, I became somewhat inculcated with the situation that Lynch was in. In the duration of the five years in which Eraserhead was made, Lynch was living in a penurious and violent area of Philadelphia. He was also facing the arrival of his prodigy-his daughter (born with clubbed feet). It began to arise in my consciousness, that Henry is thrown into the forlorn world of Eraserhead by a malefic preternatural pater familias (a malevolent God). This being continually interjects elements into Henry's life to prolong his suffering. As Henry peers into the demarcating radiator, the only source of warmth in the film, death (in the form of the Lady in the Radiator) tries to convince Henry to commit suicide. Many have misconstrued the ending of the film as Henry murdering the baby. This is not so. Regardless, Henry dies in the process. Vilifying the control of the omnipotent being and evading the wretched world he has been rooted in. Henry gains solace from his tormenters by taking his own life. Read this however you would like. As Catholic allegory (though Lynch is Hindu), or whatever interpretation works for you. Either way, Eraserhead is the most profoundly beautiful and curious film of all time.
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2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2003
A mess. Don't waste your time. Two of the most overrated film directors of all time are Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch--oh yeah, Hitchcock is another one.
Jack Nance did a nice turn in Bukowski's Barfly, though. Check it out.
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