Possible Connections between David Lynch and Sergei Eisenstein?

Warning: Potential Spoilers.


I was watching Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film Strike for a second time when I noticed the use of owl related imagery. As the film introduces each of the spies the Imperial state sent to spy on the striking workers, the Owl’s vignette struck me as familiar to something I had seen before:


“The Owl” from Strike


“BOB” from Twin Peaks

Of course, this may be sheer coincidence, but it’s no stretch to imagine that David Lynch, one of the greatest American directors/producers of the Avant Garde, drew inspiration from Eisentstein, arguably the greatest of the directors of the early Soviet Avant Garde. Then again, maybe great minds simply think alike. Any thoughts, fans of either Eisenstein or Lynch?

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