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David Lynch


"The worst thing about this modern world is that people think you get killed on television with zero pain and zero blood. It must enter into kids`s heads that itīs not very messy to kill somebody, and it doesn`t hurt that much. That`s a real sickness to me. That`s a real sick thing."

On the downside, there are more restrictions in TV, and you know up front you can't even think in certain directions. Heavy sex or violence is out - although I think the kind of violence that's allowed on TV is the very worst kind. There's no feeling behind it, and that makes it completely diabolical."

"I'm not sure what these people are saying. Is it that if you depicted no graphic violence, the world would calm down and there would be less violence? Or is it that if you sense certain things about violence and then portray those things in a film, does that make the violence go to another level? Or is the violence in films a way to experience something without having to do it in real life?"

"In film, life-and-death struggles make you sit up, lean forward a little bit. They amplify things happening, in smaller ways, in all of us. These things show up in relationships. They show up in struggles and bring them to a critical point.
I don't know where to break this thing. Are we in the business of falling in love with stories? What if every movie had to have a positive message at the end? If we only put out pleasant films, nothing would really stop, except that people would stop going to the movies."

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