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A recurring motif in his films, Lynch first started photographing abandonned factories in the early 1980s

Story of the scene: 'The Wizard of Oz', Victor Fleming (1939)

How did a deleted scene from The Wizard of Oz come to hold all the clues to David Lynch's Mulholland Drive? The 1939 film starring Judy Garland originally contained a dance number called The Jitterbug. Costing $80,000 to make and taking five weeks to shoot, it was part of a larger subplot that was jettisoned in earlier script re-writes.

Lost Highway, English National Opera, Young Vic, London<br/>Freiburg Baroque/Bernarda Fink, Barbican Hall, London

It's soulless va va voom, this sex on a motorbike: A David Lynch film turned opera &ndash; heaven for fans, but what about everyone else?

Lost Highway, Young Vic, London

The shiny blacktop of a road to nowhere bisects the Young Vic auditorium – at one end an automobile frozen in transit, at the other the Lost Highway to David Lynch's skewed imagination. Olga Neuwirth's amazing take on Lynch's cult movie pretty much achieves the impossible: it takes all the trappings of a great cinematic imagination – one built from the psychotic irrationalities of our dream state – and makes startling music theatre of them.

Album: Paul Woolford presents Bobby Peru, The Truth (20:20 Vision)

As could be gleaned from "Erotic Discourse", the hit single that preceded it, the second album of electro and tech house music that the experienced Leeds-based producer and DJ Paul Woolford has released in his Bobby Peru guise (named after Willem Dafoe's character in 'Wild at Heart') is largely comprised of tough beats, angular synth stabs and some punishing acid lines.

Preview: Lost Highway, Young Vic, London

Lynch's noir classic takes a stunning turn

Album: The Cave Singers, Invitation Songs, (Matador)

The success of the 'Juno' soundtrack stateside (No 1 as I write this) has got me thinking about music and movies. Not since, perhaps, Julee Cruise's work for David Lynch has a film and its music so perfectly matched. And what has this to do with the Cave Singers? Well, only in that the best way I can think to describe the sound of this Seattle three-piece is as the accompaniment to the film the Coen brothers might make next. It's a progressive/retro approach that has been done before (Grandaddy, Midlake, et al), but rarely with this level of stripped down and simple panache.

Last Night's TV: Brief encounter becomes a fatal attraction

Damages, BBC1; Curb Your Enthusiasm, More4; Coronation Street ITV1

Why couples who don't tie the knot must nail down their rights

With two million unmarried couples cohabiting together in Britain, it might seem the phrase "living in sin" could be ripped up and used as confetti. The law, however, has not kept pace with the change in social attitudes, and many cohabitees are at risk of financial heartache in the event of a break-up - regardless of the length of their relationship.

Good Scene / Bad Scene

Chosen by Lee Hirsch, the director of 'Amandla!'

On An Average Day, Comedy Theatre, London

Nostalgic bout of verbal diarrhoea packs little punch

Sweet and Low: David Atkins

David Atkins, the director of 'novocaine', chooses his best and worst scenes of all time

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What Is It?

FILM: Where the grass is always greener

There's a perplexing paradox at the heart of The Straight Story. It's already been widely acclaimed by its many admirers as not just a new departure for David Lynch but - in its warmth and humanism, its readiness to embrace emotion and even sentimentality, its rejection, above all, of the director's trademark looniness - as a total volte face. Yet, when you think of it, what could be weirder than a David Lynch movie that isn't weird?

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