Welcome to Diane… number 7.

Rosie, Mark and Adam get sehr oneiromantic on the fifth episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks, Cooper’s Dreams.

Music’s always in the air and poor Dale’s had a bad night’s sleep. Shelley and Norma have amazing hair, and Audrey licks a job interview. Revelations abound as Bobby and Dr Jacoby share notes on Laura’s dark side, and the log recounts the night of her death.

Expect: dreams breaking into reality, secret selves, Icelandic myth, and Jerry’s winning tie pins.


The interpretation of dreams was intended as an expedient to facilitate the psychological analysis of the neuroses; but since then a profounder understanding of the neuroses has contributed towards the comprehension of the dream.


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14 Responses to “Diane… #7: Twin Peaks Episode 5 – Cooper’s Dreams”

  1. John Says:

    One of the things I like about Lynch and Frost in particular is that they always gave Nadine dignity AND they gave her gravity. I think they’re the only ones who’ll do both for that character. Most others seem to think she’s just comic relief.

    Another thing where you can see Frost and Lynch’s sensibilities synch up is in those close ups of mouths….I’m remembering the inside of throats and some creamed corn moments in the movie. Frost pulled off some of that instinctual gut level storytelling better than you might expect from the guy who’s supposedly the straight-laced partner who reigns in the eccentric tendencies of the auteur. Todd Holland understood how to make authentic Lynchisms happen within his directing but next in line I think you could argue is Frost.

    Quick fact-check: Wild Palms was released later, a year after FWWM was released even.

    And the one eyed jacks hunchback seamstress character is Lesli Linka Glatter, one of the other directors who happened to be hanging around even though it wasn’t her episode.

    The part when Bobsy(?) talked about Brecht, and how the constantly changing tone of the show makes the true enduring mystery of twin peaks being us viewers trying to suss out the meaning of what we’re watching and being off balance about what we’re supposed to feel from the show, is pretty brilliant. It’s hit me at that gut level of understanding. Best takeaway of the episode among many.

  2. bobsy Says:

    Thanks John! The Brecht bit wad Adam unfortunately – but it was still good

  3. Adam Says:

    thanks, john. that one’s been percolating in my brain for years. one of the many things that’s nice about doing diane is that I finally have to nail stuff down.

  4. Anton B Says:

    Oh yeah, the Brecht stuff resonated with me too. Another dramaturge to consider in relation to Lynch might be Artaud and his ‘Theatre of Cruelty’. He said
    “The theatre is a practice, which “wakes us up. Nerves and heart,” and through which we experience, “immediate violent action,” that “inspires us with the fiery magnetism of its images and acts upon us like a spiritual therapeutic whose touch can never be forgotten.”

  5. Adam Says:

    wooo, righto, going to look into that. nice one, anton.

  6. Adam Says:

    i have a bunch to say about surrealism and lynch, natch

  7. Anton B Says:

    One thing I love about Lynch’s work is his use of juxtaposition and incongruity. Sometimes using overly symmetrical camera angles and placement of characters within a scene to create tension and unease. It’s a kind of reverse OCD. In real life things just shouldn’t look that perfectly placed. Simultaneously he’ll introduce an incongruity, something that shouldn’t be there, (eg. The fish in the percolater) to create verisimilitude. I don’t think his aim here is quite surrealism, more what Pinter called “the weasel under the cocktail cabinet” The wierdness that you only find in real life and which most writers/directors would shun provides a kind of uncanny irony. Lots to say about the uncanny as a trope actually but probably later in the series.

  8. John Says:

    Sorry about the name mixup, Adam and Bobsy. I can always tell you guys apart, it’s attributing your names I was still having trouble with. Guess that’s one of the charms of audio-only media for newer listeners. Anyway, I’ll have you’re names correct from now on, for sure.

    I’m loving all the director style commentary here, by the way.
    And, just curious, has the blog always been two episodes in the past from the current podcast? I just noticed the comments are a little incoingruous as a result.

  9. bobsy Says:

    These Mindless Ones posts are a couple of episodes behind the libsyn. Looks like this might become an annoyance so we’ll try and catch up over the next few days…

  10. John Says:

    I’m just glad it wasn’t some kind of optical illusion.

    I keep forgetting to mention, but the very first thing to impress me about the podcast is how you constantly refer to the authorship of Twin Peaks as David Lynch AND Mark Frost’s. Every time. You never fall into the Lynch and only Lynch trap, and this guy here notices. Thank you.

  11. Adam Says:

    It’s becoming ever more apparent to all of us, I think, just how important other voices are to the success of the show. It almost feels like a crime to exclude Frost in particular, doesn’t it? Amazing how many critics do exactly that. Gets me cross.

  12. Adam Says:

    Anton, I did intend to explore the Pinter angle, but if I’m honest it slipped off the radar. Good call re Lynch’s shot composition – don’t be surprised if I nick that!

  13. Anton B Says:

    It’s yours to nick Adam. I’ll get a kick out of it being mentioned on the ‘cast. ;)

  14. Adam Says:

    I forgot to add it to my show notes for today, Anton. Can’t fit it in now. Annoying because this would have been a good episode (Coma) to squeeze it into. They’ll be another time and place.

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