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What's with the monkey?  

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I finally got around to watching FWWM and am glad I did.  It was much better than I expected given its bad reviews and helps me understand the mythology much better.  

Anyways, I think it was the scene where The Arm, and the man with one arm ask Bob for his garmonbozia...there was a second where the face of a monkey was flashed on the screen.  Just seemed extra random and out of place to me.    Now I know this is to be expected with DL, but usually his randomness is chosen in such a way where the viewer can conceive of ways where it can possibly fit the overall puzzle.....hence all the posts on here!!  

Maybe I'm just missing something.  Any monkey theories?


Posted : 04/08/2017 9:11 pm
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I've always taken it as another simple, direct, literal Lynch reference; to our evolved primate origins. The monkey appears in the place of the boy magician and later the monkey/ape-face asks for "Judy".

Jaak Panksepp has identified (via work on animal emotions) seven primordial emotional systems that guide human instinctual urges:

  i. SEEKING – enthusiasm/desire (most common and important - explains most TPTR viewing responses)

ii. RAGE – anger

iii. FEAR – anxiety

iv. LUST – eroticism / erotic desire

v. CARE – maternal nurturance

vi. PANIC – adult sadness, sorrow & grief

vii. PLAY - joyfulness

Posted : 05/08/2017 1:13 am