On Friday 20th at 5pm we have David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2h27mins)
Categorized as a psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive earned Lynch the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Lynch would also earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. The film launched Harring's career, boosted Watts' Hollywood profile considerably, and was the last feature film to star veteran Hollywood actress Ann Miller.
Mulholland Drive is often regarded as one of Lynch's finest works and was ranked 28th in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll of the best films ever made, and topped a 2016 poll by BBC Culture of the best films since 2000.
David Lynch, normally fairly mum on his inspirations, has been a vocal enthusiast of Vertigo for years. Mulholland Drive genuinely deserves to be described as “dreamy.”
After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, California, Rita (Laura Harring) is the sole survivor but suffers mass amnesia. Wandering into a strangers apartment downtown, her story strangely intertwines with Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), a perky young woman in search of stardom. However, Betty is intrigued by Rita's situation and is willing to put aside her dreams to pursue this mystery. The two women soon discover that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams.
In her career-making performance, Watts channels the cataplexy of Kim Novak, pleating layers upon layers, dreams upon nightmares. Themes of identity and duality swirl and eddy in Lynch’s film, with Angelo Badalamenti’s atmospheric score acting as an unnerving undercurrent. Lynch has always displayed an affinity for a 1950s aesthetic, whether sincerely or ironically, but in Mulholland Drive he uses the look and sound of the ’50s to extrapolate ideas of imitation and artifice — significant themes in Vertigo. Identity is nebulous in the world of David Lynch. With Mulholland Drive, he conflates the passion of an erotic dream and the severity of a nightmare, creating one of the crowning achievements of American movies.
‘’ Hitchcock would be proud of this movie. Even when nothing happens, it is suspenseful. Altogether surreal, this movie is like waking up and remembering most of a dream but not enough to make it sensible. I am still trying to figure it all out and will probably have to see it again to catch things I missed and which may help me understand it better. It is a very detailed plot that very slowly comes together, so you must be patient and pay attention. And yet, the plot is overshadowed by the theme, the mood, the character development, and the filming techniques. The dual roles of the main actress, Naomi Watts, showcase her enormous talent. That is, when I could get my eyes off of her co-star. What an acting pair.
Lynch surprises throughout the movie with unusual camera angles, the length/timing of editing cuts, jumping back and forth between scenes. Combined with smart use of music and sounds, it all helps to build suspense in our minds, doubtless a major objective of the director. Well, he kept me on the edge of my seat, even had me talking to the actors to be careful here, and not be so naive there. IMDb reviewer
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