Even though David Lynch enjoyed a resurgence in popularity surrounding the release of Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime earlier this year, the revolutionary filmmaker has never been far from the minds of cinema freaks and genre aficionados. While Lynch has always received ambivalent mainstream support in his native U.S., he’s universally lauded as a true visionary overseas.
In 2016, the BBC conducted an extensive survey in order to determine the absolute best movie of the 21st Century. While Americans might predict Fargo or The Departed to own the top spot, the surprise winner overseas was Lynch’s infinitely perplexing fever dream Mulholland Drive, released in 2001. (Source)
Even those who agree the film is amazing find it nearly impossible to decipher. While this speaks to the engrossing and compelling nature of Mulholland Drive (the audience’s inability to look away despite sometimes crushing confusion), having an idea of what’s going on at the root of the narrative can only enhance your appreciation for this 21st Century classic.
The folks at Screen Prism have just released an in-depth analysis of Mulholland Drive that should be considered a must-watch, whether you’re a hardcore fan of the film or merely curious about what makes it so compelling. At its core, the film, like many of the projects produced by Lynch, is a meditation on the significance of dreams and the unimaginable horrors that lurk just beyond the periphery of every-day normality. It’s also a pointed skewering of Hollywood culture.
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Are you a fan of Mullholland Drive and, if so, dose this video-essay increase your understanding of what is actually happening? Let’s discuss!
Official Synopsis: We explain the ending of one of the most confusing movies of all time — David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001). Starring Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, the film features two Lynch-ian trademarks: the truth-revealing dream and the dark side of the everyday. As it turns out, dreams can be more important to us than reality.
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Official Synopsis: A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.
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