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article imageDavid Lynch launches members-only nightclub in Paris

By Abigail Prendergast     Sep 6, 2011 in Entertainment
Artistic jack-of-all-trades David Lynch has expanded his area of interests to nightclub design and ownership. The club, named Silencio, opened on the 31st of August and is being hailed as a response of sorts to hot spots such as Warhol's Factory.
David Lynch has already donned various artistic hats ranging from filmmaker and television director to musician and visual artist. Now his accomplishment repertoire can also include nightclub owner and designer.
Lynch opened his members-only nightclub at 142, Rue Monmartre in Paris on Wednesday says the Hollywood Reporter. The club - called Silencio, which has its namesake in Lynch's film Mulholland Drive - had every last detail "decided on by the master himself," reports the Guardian.
While Lynch himself did not attend the opening, he said he had spent two years working on Silencio. With 1950s-era inspired furniture, the club emits an aura that is - as the Guardian describes - "somewhere between nirvana, a classy Cincinatti cocktail bar circa 1975, and Goldie's mouth."
The 65-year-old Lynch explained to Paula Genone from L'Express: "They say that when men go into their 50s they dream of building gigantic towers to prove their virility."
Between immersing himself in the roles of a movie director, music composer and artist who "made all sorts of objects," Lynch pointed out that he wanted to "make something solid" as opposed to "works that had a beginning and an end."
Every last detail Silencio bears has been carefully thought out including the gold leaf - which is applied by the very same people who do the touch-up work on the dome over Napoleon's tomb. Lynch also said that he would have liked for some "Gypsies in the woods" to carve out the several-thousand gilded mandalas showcased on the walls.
But unfortunately as the Guardian says, "just at that moment Nicolas Sarkozy was deporting them."
Although Lynch apparently refuses to give an answer to the question of if he'll ever make another movie, it seems highly unlikely that he will.
"Silencio is something dear to me. I wanted to create an intimate space where all the arts could come together. There won't be a Warhol-like guru, but it will be open to celebrated artists of all disciplines to come here to programme or create what they want."
The address of the club - number 142 rue de Montmartre - seems to have had great appeal to Lynch in its own right. Said to be a "psychogeographer's dream," Jean-Baptiste Poquelin - better known as Molière - is said to be buried there. Artist Émile Zola printed his open letter, J'accuse in the basement. Renowned socialist Jean Jaurès met his demise in the cafe across the street attempting to put a halt to World War I.
The rate for a basic annual membership to Silencio is €780 (about $1,107) per year. Premium membership runs at €1,500 (about $2,129) and for those under 30 and/or not a resident of France, the cost is €420 (about $596).
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