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A man's fling leads to marriage and a bizarre, wailing lizard-like baby in a bleak apartment.


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With a production that was delayed for years due to a constant lack of funds, "Eraserhead" (also known as "Draft Head" or its original title) premiered in 1977, becoming a favorite of the American underground circuit and, at the same time, one of the most powerful and distinctive film debuts. In retrospect, everything that would define David Lynch's later filmography was already present in his first movie, from his twistedly distorted vision of American domestic life to the surreal narrative logic we would see in later works such as "Mulholland Drive" or the "Twin Peaks" series. And like any good Lynch work, the story is far away from both definitive answers and single readings, with explanations ranging from metaphors about human reproduction to anxiety about sex or parenthood. Without a doubt, this is the ideal starting point to approach the director's filmography, as an alternative to the subsequent (less surreal) "Blue Velvet".



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Plot summary

Henry resides alone in a bleak apartment surrounded by industrial gloom. When he discovers that an earlier fling with Mary X left her pregnant, he marries the expectant mother and has her move in with him. Things take a decidedly strange turn when the couple's baby turns out to be a bizarre lizard-like creature that won't stop wailing. Other characters, including a disfigured lady who lives inside a radiator, inhabit the building and add to Henry's troubles.

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