For most of us, we love our city. Ok, maybe not that guy that thinks Springfield, Illinois is like Paris. But the rest of us - get it. Of course, it has its warts, idiots, trashy people, and decay, but many of us have called it home for life and enjoy watching it change and grow - or for some people ...stay frustratingly the same.
One of our most famous - semi-detractors has been oft quoted about his disdain and fascination with our city. In a very back-handed way, he compliments the city by saying that it influenced his twisted view of the world and that he loved its scary textures. It is sort of like saying...your sister has an ugly face, but I find it chillingly charming and a really fun turn-off.
So, I found this on the net - it is apparently some of his wording about our city. I thought that it would be interesting to explore whether we've changed since these days and whether his experience is similar to yours. And here is a chance to talk back to this dude who dares to speak about this curious place called Philadelphia which we all love (except that orange sweater wearing guy) or not.
The words of director David Lynch - (I am not a journalist so I didn't double-check my source)
"I had my first thrilling thought in Philadelphia."
"...when I was there it was a very sick, twisted, violent, fear-ridden, decadent, decaying place."
"Philadelphia, more than any filmmaker, influenced me. It's the sickest, most corrupt, decaying, fear-ridden city imaginable. I was very poor and living in bad areas. I felt like I was constantly in danger. But it was so fantastic at the same time."
"It all started for me in Philadelphia because it's old enough, and it's got enough things in the air to really work on itself. It's decaying but it's fantastically beautiful, filled with violence, hate and filth."
"The house I moved into was across the street from the morgue, next door to Pop's Diner. The area had a great mood - factories, smoke, railroads, diners, the strangest characters, the darkest nights. The people had stories etched in their faces, and I saw vivid images-plastic curtains held together with Band-Aids, rags stuffed in broken windows, walking through the morgue en-route to a hamburger joint."
"We lived cheap, but the city was full of fear. A kid was shot to death down the street, and the chalk marks around where he'd lain stayed on the sidewalk for five days. We were robbed twice, had windows shot out and a car stolen."
"I lived at 13th and Wood, right kitty-corner from the morgue; That's real industrial. At 5:00 there's nobody in that neighborhood. No one lives there. And I really do like that. It's beautiful , if you see it the right way."
"Yes, [Philadelphia is] horrible, but in a very interesting way. There were places there that had been allowed to decay, where there was so much fear and crime that just for a moment there was an opening to another world. It was fear, but it was so strong, and so magical, like a magnet, that your imagination was always sparking in Philadelphia...I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere."
Take that Philly.....now tell him how you feel. (PS - this isn't about his often crappy movies)