A video essay explores connections on the surface and below.

While it can be extremely difficult to classify Twin Peaks — is it drama? Horror? A supernatural thriller? A crime procedural? Sci-fi? Dark comedy? — it’s not so hard to determine that the one cinematic storytelling tradition from which the series borrows most heavily is Film Noir.

In the following video essay by yours truly, I’ve taken a look at the connections between Twin Peaks and Film Noir, including narrative and aesthetic techniques, character names, story origin points and more. It’s the perfect thing to get you back in that Lynchian atmosphere before season three premieres this weekend on Showtime.

The Naked Forest: Film Noir and ‘Twin Peaks’ from One Perfect Shot on Vimeo.