401. Six Men Getting Sick – David Lynch

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SUMMARY: A continuous loop of six vomiting figures.

WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Six Men Getting Sick’ was the first film of David Lynch, the brilliant director who went on make some of the most unique films of the 20th century and beyond. A student project experimenting with animation and made to be projected onto a specially sculpted screen on a continuous loop, ‘Six Men Getting Sick’ still works well when seen on an ordinary screen just once or twice through (although the film’s subtitle suggests watching it through at least six times). In keeping with the disturbing imagery Lynch would become renowned for, ‘Six Men Getting Sick’ depicts six figures with visible internal workings, which slowly fill up with a brightly coloured substance which then rises up and oozes out of their mouths, accompanied by the urgent howls of a siren. It sounds gratuitous and tasteless but Lynch subtly imbues the film with his troubling sense of humour and expert way with an indelible image.

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