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In New Short, David Lynch Asks a Monkey Some Tough Questions

'Twin Peaks' co-creator puts 17-minute film on Netflix
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2020 7:40 PM CST

(Newser) – David Lynch hasn't brought much "strangeness into the world" lately, Vanity Fair reports. Now, he's here to change that. A 17-minute, black-and-white film—What Did Jack Do?—went up Monday on Netflix in which Lynch interrogates a murder suspect who happens to be a monkey. The co-creator of Twin Peaks plays a detective who finds the suit-wearing monkey is no pushover, matching him cliche for cliche, per Rolling Stone. ("I'd like you to start talking turkey." "I’ll see you and raise you five.")

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The short is surreal and hard to follow, but Lynch fans wouldn't have it any other way. And the production is all David Lynch: He wrote, directed and edited the film while helping with sound editing, set design and building the set, per Mashable. There's humor, and the monkey naturally works in a song, but the film turns dark. Still, What Did Jack Do? embodies "the genius of David Lynch," per Vanity Fair. (Read more David Lynch stories.)

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