Shooting in Reverse: Nightmares in Red from Twin Peaks

We could hardly explore red without a nod to David Lynch’s television series Twin Peaks, which featured several scenes in the dream world of the Red Lodge. This is Agent Cooper’s dream which helps him eventually solve the central mystery of the show, “Who killed Laura Palmer?”. It is an unusual scene because of the technique Lynch used to create the strangeness of this dimly-lit red tinged world. The actors had to speak their lines backwards (putting syllables in reverse order), while performing actions normally. Lynch then reversed the film, so that the words came out in the proper order, although oddly accentuated (he would add subtitles to make sure they were clear), while the movements came out jerky and strange since they had been reversed. Spooky, no?

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