Twin Peaks: the masterpiece that changed Television.

The third season of Twin Peaks is the most awaited cinematographic event of 2017. Twenty-five years the end of the second season, in 1992, Dale Cooper and the incredible inhabitants of Twin Peaks will be back on the screen.

“Once upon a time in a cafeteria”.

The murder of Laura Palmer was born during a friendly, casual conversation between two friends, David Lynch and Mark Frost, while they were drinking coffee (which the american director is obsessed by) at the “Duparis”.

“A corpse wrapped in plastica, lying by the lake”;

that’s the sentence that started the greatest and most revolutionary tv-series of all time. During the ’70 and ’80, there were a whole lot of tv shows, extremely popular and similar to one another (Love boat, Happy Days, The Cosby show, The A-team): they didn’t really have a beginning or an end nor they had interest in nothing more than entertaining, genuinely, families and folks from that generation.

Horizontal and vertical plot

But, as we know, David Lynch has always been a nonconformist. In the great book of interviews, written by Chris Rodley, Lynch by Lynch, he explains very well that he saw television as a way to tell a longer story, trough a lot of episodes, allowing him to include a lot of things that you cannot include in cinema. He invented, created, the concept of “horizontal plot” and “vertical plot”: the first one regards a very long narration, throughout many episodes or an entire season, like the investigation of the murder of Laura Palmer. While the “vertical plot” is the definition of those smaller stories that begin and end in the same episode or in a few of them.

Lynch and Badalamenti

Lynch and Badalamenti also created one the finest soundtrack of the past decades. Back in 2014, when the director was a guest at the “Lucca film festival and Europa cinema”, he was moved as he listened to the orchestra playing the whole score of Twin Peaks. Badalamenti’s omposition were able to embrace the typical atmosphere of Lynch’s films, the comic and surreal way of telling the stories, the ugliness or better the “monstrosity” of some characters like the “radiator’s woman” in Eraserhead and the powerful and charming power of the “Femme fatales” like Laura Palmer.

Television series, due to Twin Peaks, changed from entertaining to art. The violent, visionary and occult ideas of Lynch’s mind shock the audience worldwide, from Japan to the united states; when they watched the T.V., they were all expecting and nice, light, funny and reassuring show.

The second and the third season

Unfortunately, those disturbing elements where the cause of some major problems in the second season: the producers didn’t like what was going and eventually led to a lot of arguments between them and Lynch, who practically dropped out in season two. He was working on Wild at heart and he only attended a very few meetings and did not directed any episode from the seventh to the last genius chapter of the series that left the fans with a lot of things to discover further in the third season, which will air from May 21st.

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