Jim Jarmusch: ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Is ‘the Best of American Cinema of the Last Decade’

IndieWire | 6/17/2019 | Staff
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Lists declaring the best films of the decade will be coming in more frequently as the year continues, but at least one filmmaker has already weighed in with his pick. In a new interview with Vulture to promote his zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die,” writer-director Jim Jarmusch gives praise to David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” and calls it the single best piece of American cinema over the last 10 years. There’s been much debate over whether or not “Twin Peaks: The Return” is a film or a television series (the project aired over 18 episodes on Showtime, but Lynch wrote it as a single film script), but as far as Jarmusch is concerned it’s the former.

“Oh, the best of American cinema of the last decade, probably, for me, is ‘Twin Peaks: The Return,’ an 18-hour film that is incomprehensible and dreamlike in the most beautiful, adventurous way,” Jarmusch said. “That is a masterpiece. Why can’t they just give David Lynch whatever money he needs? Why can’t you give Terry Gilliam? He needs money to make something; just give it to him! I don’t understand.”

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