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Titled "INLAND EMPIRE" (in capitals, though Lynch doesn't explain why), it stars Laura Dern, along with Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Jeremy Irons and a host of others Lynch won't specify.
"It's about a woman in trouble, and it's a mystery, and that's about all I want to say about it," he comments diffidently.
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"I learned that just beneath the surface there's another world, and still different worlds as you dig deeper" - David Lynch
Through the darkness of futures past
The magician longs to see
One chants out between two worlds
"Fire, walk with me."
We all find this book of riddles and it's just what's going on. And you can figure them out. The problem is, you figure them out inside yourself, and even if you told somebody, they wouldn't believe you or understand it in the same way you do. You'd suddenly realize that the communication wasn't 100 per cent. There are a lot of things like that going on in life, and words just fail you.
The drama shows how how the divine process of change manifests itself to our human understanding and how man experiences it - as punishment, torment, death, and transfiguration. The dreamer describes how a man would act and what he would have to suffer if he were drawn into the cycle of the death and rebirth of the gods, and what effect the deus absconditus would have if a mortal man should succeed in his "art" in setting free the "guardian of spirits" from his dark dwelling. There are indications in the literature that this is not without it's dangers.
The element of torture, so conspicuous in Zosimos, is not uncommon in alchemical literature. - David Lynch in Lynch on Lynch, Chris Rodley, Faber and Faber, London, 1997.