Kafka’s Crime Film: Twin Peaks—The Return and the Brotherhood of Lynch and Kafka
Daniel examines Twin Peaks: The Return as an extension of Lynch’s desire to direct a hypothetical Kafka crime film. Through the lens of a spiritual brotherhood between Lynch and Kafka, this chapter examines the myriad ways in which Twin Peaks: The Return engages with Kafkaesque imagery and plot, including Audrey Horne’s return, the unconventional investigation of the Blue Rose Task Force, the body trap of Dougie Jones, and Cooper’s doomed attempt to resurrect Laura Palmer. It also examines the shared thematics of Lynch and Kafka, and how each artist creates works that question the stability of perception, the absurdity of life, and alienation and metamorphosis, in both a literal and figurative sense.
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