In advance of the continuation of David Lynch’s cult series Twin Peaks, premiering on television this May, the Texas Theatre, in Dallas, presents a screening of his debut feature, Eraserhead. Made on a shoestring budget, this midnight-movie favorite takes a surreal journey into the wildly coiffured head of Henry Spencer (frequent Lynch collaborator Jack Nance), an enigmatic loner who learns that his girlfriend has given birth to a monstrously deformed baby. As the film moves between the cramped quarters of Henry’s apartment and the eerie streets of an industrial city, its stark, disquieting style anticipates the cinematic oddities that would come to define the director’s career.
Lynch lovers in Dallas can catch Eraserhead when it screens this Saturday. For a closer look at the film’s cinematography, watch the below video, in which Frederick Elmes discusses his innovative use of high-contrast black and white.