Eraserhead, David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film. To mark its 40th anniversary, the MFAH presents the film on 35mm.

Before this screening, see the story of Lynch’s life leading up to Eraserhead in the new documentary David Lynch – The Art Life, narrated by the filmmaker himself.

• Read an interview with director David Lynch about Eraserhead.
• Eraserhead is 40 years old!
• In this video clip, cinematographer Fred Elmes speaks about shooting Eraserhead.

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David Lynch
Running Time
89 minutes
35mm, B/W