Los Angeles: American Film Institute [AFI], Circa 1973. Vintage borderless photograph of director David Lynch, actor Jack Nance, and cinematographer Herbert Cardwell on the set of the 1977 film. holograph annotations on the verso.
"Eraserhead," Lynch's first feature film, was was shot piecemeal on an AFI backlot in Los Angeles over a period of five years beginning in 1972. In 1973, two years into the project, cinematographer Herbert Cardwell, shown in this photo, died in his sleep at the age of 35. He was replaced after four weeks of searching by Frederick Elmes.
David Lynch's first feature film. The AFI provided the director with use of their lot (where he also lived during much of filming) at no charge, but he had difficulty getting financial assistance from them on the basis of his 20-page script and decidedly unorthodox methods. Terence Malick screened the film at one point for a financial backer, who walked out, calling the movie "bullshit." A bad call, as the film's wild success on the midnight movie circuit—and subsequent success as a legitimate art film gained the vocal admiration of everyone from Charles Bukowski to Stanley Kubrick.
7x 4.5 inches. Fine.
National Film Registry. Criterion Collection 725. Rosenbaum 1000.