Friday, March 15, 2013

Movie Review - Mulholland Drive (2001)

Mulholland Drive fully realizes the experience of dream logic and personal fantasy. Naomi Watts stars as Betty Elm, an aspiring and naive actress starting a new life in Hollywood. She encounters a strange woman named Rita (Laura Harring) in her apartment suffering from amnesia. Together they investigate Rita's past to find out the truth.

David Lynch's masterpiece juxtaposes dreams with the fantasy of the Hollywood premise. The events make sense only in a subconscious fashion, which is what can also be said about the majority of conventional movies on the silver screen. Hollywood endings have generally always been predictable: the guy overcomes all obstacles and gets the girl. Mulholland Drive counteracts these traditional constraints to not only give new meaning to our dreams, but to also break generic expectations of Hollywood formulas and the audience that believes in them.

Lynch has given 10 clues to solving this Thriller:

  • Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits.
  • Notice appearances of the red lampshade.
  • Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?
  • An accident is a terrible event... notice the location of the accident.
  • Who gives a key, and why?
  • Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.
  • What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio?
  • Did talent alone help Camilla?
  • Notice the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies.
  • Where is Aunt Ruth?

Mulholland Drive can currently be streamed on Netflix.
Runtime: 147 min.
Rated R for violence, language and some strong sexuality


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