Mulholland Dr. (2001) Poster


The film is dedicated to Jennifer Syme, a young actress whose story is startlingly similar to that of the character of Betty--but who in fact died after the bulk of the film was completed.
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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".
Rebekah Del Rio (the singer at Club Silencio) first met David Lynch when a talent agent took her, on a whim, to a recording studio where Lynch happened to be and asked her to sing a song for him. She performed an impromptu version of "Llorando" which, also on a whim (and without her knowledge) was being taped by the audio engineer. Years later, Lynch decided to incorporate the song into "Mullholland Dr."; except for a few minor tweaks, this is the exact same recording used in the movie.
Naomi Watts actually lost her health insurance and faced eviction from her apartment shortly after filming wrapped. She was ready to quit acting and leave Los Angeles, but close friend Nicole Kidman talked her into staying until after this film was released.
David Lynch originally wrote the basic idea for the story in the early 1990s, as a spin off of Twin Peaks (1990). The character arc of Betty in the movie was written for "Twin Peaks" supporting character Audrey Horne, who would have been the central figure of the proposed spin-off.
The set of reels that was distributed to the movie theaters included a computer-written, photocopied note from David Lynch himself giving special instructions to the projectionists worldwide. Specifically, he didn't want the movie to be centered vertically on the screen but rather to "allow more overhead" as the term in projectionist's slang, that is to let the top part of the frame be more visible than the bottom part. This is because the film was originally made for TV, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (or 16:9) in mind - without the projectionists' manual correction, the aspect ratio of the theatrical release (1.85:1) would have resulted in heads being cut off at the top of the silver screen. Lynch also asked to raise the volume of the theater's sound system by three decibels when the film was playing. The note ended with the words "Your friend, David Lynch".
On the way to audition for her part as Camilla Rhodes/Rita, Laura Harring was in a minor car accident.
The Cowboy has no eyebrows. This was done to give the character a more subtle, disturbing appearance.
David Lynch initially resisted Studio Canal's offer to provide additional funds to complete the Mulholland Dr. (1999) TV pilot as a feature film. Lynch's battles with ABC network executives had left him with a negative feeling about the project and the director felt he had run out of ideas for the storyline. When Lynch finally agreed to revisit the film, much to his horror he found that all the sets had been destroyed, and all of the costumes and props had been released by ABC (normally all sets, props and costumes for a possible TV series are carefully cataloged and stored for future use). Lynch claims this setback actually proved a blessing in disguise, however, when it finally generated new ideas about how to proceed with filming, and the director was able to come up with a satisfying conclusion to the story.
Originally filmed in 1999 on a budget of $8 million as a made-for-TV pilot, Mulholland Dr. (1999), new scenes were filmed one year later on a $7-million budget given by the French film studio Studio Canal to wrap up the open ending, which had been left unresolved in the original version so that a TV series could follow.
ABC executives rejected the original pilot version of Mulholland Dr. (1999) because, they thought that Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, among other reasons, were too old to be television stars.
Luigi Castigliane (the mobster who spits out the espresso on a napkin) is played by the film's composer, Angelo Badalamenti.
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as the best picture of the decade (in 2010).
The script used in Betty's audition read-through is taken from the scene between Bobby and Shelly in Twin Peaks, episode 2, where Bobby stops by Shelly's place and sees the injuries on her face inflicted by her husband Leo. When Bobby sees the injuries he says, "I'll kill him!" Shelly replies, "He'll kill us both."
The Region 1 DVD of the movie does not feature "chapters"; attempting to "skip" to the next scene or chapter takes you to the "DVD" logo animation at the very end of the movie after all the credits and ratings and so forth. Director David Lynch requested this himself, as he has done on previous releases, such as The Straight Story (1999). By allowing the film to be on one chapter, Lynch believes people will be more inclined to view the feature in one sitting, as intended. Robert Zemeckis also used this idea on his laserdisc release of Forrest Gump (1994).
Voted best film of the 21st century - BBC Culture Poll 2016 (177 films included)
The license plate on the limo at the end of the movie is 2GAT123. This is Larry David's license plate in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Although commonly mistaken for "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Jan Vermeer, the painting inside the apartment of Betty's aunt is actually a painting by Guido Reni entitled "Beatrice Cenci".
Roger Ebert gave this movie Four Stars - his highest rating - and named it one of his Great Movies. Ebert noted in his initial review that he had strongly criticized Lynch's previous movies (other than the uncharacteristic The Straight Story) as nihilistic and cruel. In fact, one of the most heated arguments on Siskel & Ebert was over Blue Velvet. Ebert wrote that the surrealism present in Lynch's other works seemed to work in this film.
Ann Miller's last full-length movie.
The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
When Rita and Betty go to the Sierra Bonita apartment complex, the name next to #17 is L.J. DeRosa - a member of the art department on the film, Laura J. DeRosa.
Character Diane Selwyn's last name, possibly intentional, is also the last name of film and theater producer Archibald Selwyn. Selwyn, along with Samuel Goldfish, formed Goldwyn Pictures. (GOLDfish + selWYN = GOLDWYN) Samuel Goldfish later changed his last name to Goldwyn.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Of the 17 tracks featured on the Mulholland Dr. CD, only track ("Diane & Camilla") is omitted from the film's soundtrack. Conversely, from the film's soundtrack, only track ("Sixteen Reasons") is omitted from the Mulholland Dr. CD.
The note pinned to the robe Aunt Ruth left on the bed for Betty reads: "Enjoy yourself, Bitsie. Love, Aunt Ruth".
Despite being credited in the opening titles, Brent Briscoe and Robert Forster only have one scene in the film, which is exactly one minute of them being on screen.
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David Lynch once proposed a Twin Peaks (1990) spin-off focusing on Audrey Horne's life after moving to Hollywood. Naomi Watts and Robert Forster both appeared in the revived Twin Peaks (2017).
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This movie or the street of the same name is mentioned in Panic at The Disco's song LA Devotee in the line "the black magic on Mulholland Drive, swimming pools under desert sky's".
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Referenced in the Song "LA Devotee" by Panic! at the Discotheque.
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Director Trademark 

David Lynch: [Lincoln] The blue haired lady sits in the balcony in the same position as Abraham Lincoln did in the Ford Theater.
David Lynch: [deep river] Diane is from Deep River, Ontario.
David Lynch: [Clueless detectives]


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking 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?
Naomi Watts found the masturbation scene the most difficult to film. To make her feel more comfortable during filming, Lynch had a small tent cover her head so she wouldn't have to see the cast and crew. David Lynch directed and guided Watts througout the scene but refused to cut, even when she felt most distressed. He wanted to make the scene as real and raw as possible for the final cut.
When he talks to Adam Kesher, the Cowboy says: "You will see me one more time, if you do good. You will see me two more times, if you do bad." Justin Theroux said in an interview that since he didn't have the entire script, but received the pages day by day, he asked David Lynch if the Cowboy would appear again in the film. According to him, Lynch's answer was: "I don't know. We will find out together." The Cowboy does, in fact, turn up two more times, but appearing to Diane.
As Rita and Betty get into a cab on their way to Club Silencio, a piece of paper is visible on a pole that says, "Hollywood is HELL!"

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