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David Lynch is profiled in "Lynch (One)," a rather self-indulgent look at the oddball artist and director.

LYNCH (ONE) — ** — Documentary feature about filmmaker David Lynch; not rated, probable R (profanity, vulgarity)

"Lynch (One)" is about as "inside" as documentary filmmaking ever gets.

It's a profile of David Lynch, whose movies are something of an acquired taste. (Among his works are such features as 1980's "The Elephant Man," 2001's "Mulholland Dr." and the 1977 cult film "Eraserhead," which is also showing at the Tower Theatre this week.)

Lynch's devotees will probably appreciate this rather self-indulgent look at the oddball artist and director. Those who aren't Lynch fans will likely be turned off by the film. It is pretty navel-gazing stuff, to be honest.

The documentary was shot entirely by high-definition, digital video cameras, as well as Web cams and other digital devices. It also includes some footage that was originally shot as a premium for subscribers to his David Lynch.com Web site.

Compiled over a two-year period, "Lynch (One)" follows him through the process of making his most recent feature, 2006's "Inland Empire." The 61-year-old filmmaker also talks about his childhood and other seminal experiences. He was born in Montana but grew up in Boise and Philadelphia.

And he shares his thoughts on the state of filmmaking, his philosophies regarding transcendental meditation and discusses the career of actress and longtime friend Laura Dern, who first collaborated with him on the thrillers "Blue Velvet" (1986) and "Wild at Heart" (1990) and was one of the stars of "Inland Empire."

Again, your appreciation (or lack thereof) of this material may depend on your appreciation (or lack thereof) of Lynch's movies.

But there are quite a few, less-than-essentials bits here. Watching Lynch goof around and make silly voices while one of his assistants drives him around isn't very interesting or amusing. (This sequence was shot with a dashboard camera.)

"Lynch (One)" is not rated but would probably receive an R for strong sexual language (mostly profanity), some vulgar references and humor, and some disturbing and bizarre imagery. Running time: 84 minutes.


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