Director David Lynch recently presented the Henri Mancini Award to his longtime friend and musical collaborator Angelo Badalamenti at the ASCAP Film and Television Awards, but it was the banter between the two originals that drew the real fascination. While on stage, Badalamenti explained how the two artists shared similar visions, to the point that Lynch would ask Badalamenti to play music for the actors on set while they were filming Blue Velvet. "He would have me on set. I would actually play music live while they were filming so the actors could feel the mood.”
Although Lynch and Badalamenti worked together on several movies, their most famous -- and most accessible -- collaboration was Twin Peaks, a masterpiece of episodic television drama that captured both artists at their best. Sometimes I wonder if the reason Twin Peaks was so good is because it forced Lynch to create a narrative that a mainstream audience could digest, making for a much more gratifying and entertaining drama than some of his more esoteric movies, which, though fascinating in their own right, are perhaps a little less gripping, as is often the case with Surrealist movies.
Via The Hollywood Reporter.