After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
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After hiring a hit man to kill her lover, Camilla; Diane dreams of a different Hollywood experience. One where she is a wonderfully talented and versatile actress, Betty, who almost instantly is in demand by the best Casting Directors in the business. And one where her lover becomes an amnesiac, Rita, after a brutal accident that saves her from the hit on her life. Betty and Rita meet and as they fall in love, they also try to undercover Rita's real identity. But when Betty and Rita's search begins to intermingle with the reality of Diane and Camilla's nightmarish relationship, the walls of the dream begin to collapse ("It's strange to be calling yourself" says Betty). Written by
Adam Kesher smashing the producers' car windshield in with a golf club is a reference to the famous 1994 incident where Jack Nicholson did the same. Nicholson's nickname is "Mulholland Man". See more »
When Betty arrives at LA she is walking out from the top level of LAX. Arrivals are at the bottom level, Departures are at the top. See more »
What are you doing? We don't stop here.
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The only time we see the full title spelled out is at the end of the end credits; during the opening credits there is only a street sign that says "Mulholland Dr". See more »
Hitchcock would be proud of this movie. Even when nothing happens, it is suspenseful. Director David Lynch overuses a few cheap thrill tricks here and there, but he intersperses them with other cinematographic techniques to keep it from becoming obtuse.
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. Get your bathroom trip out of the way before it starts. 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. You know, the kind of stuff you want to smack your kids for doing at the movies.
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