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Mulholland Dr.

Mulholland Dr. is a 2001 film by director/writer David Lynch.

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Nothing Is What it Seems in Hollywood Dreams

  • Dec 17, 2008
In 2001, David Lynch (director of Dune and creator of Twin Peaks) released a complex mystery film that defied the genre rules and mystified audiences. So what's it all about?
Naomi Watts in "Mulholland Dr."

The film stars Naomi Watts, in an outstanding performance, as a seemingly naïve and innocent young actress who stumbles upon a car crash victim with amnesia, played by Laura Elena Harring. The two befriend one another and begin to search for clues to the haunted woman's past. Meanwhile a rebellious young director, played by Justin Theroux, is being told who to recast as the female lead in his next film but when he refuses, strange things begin to happen. Before long their lives cross paths and all who encounter them are affected.

Two lost souls...
The film unfolds into a delirium of complex schemes, startling eroticism and complete insanity. But it keeps its viewers interested, though it never truly explains itself. Many people have attempted to unravel the film's meaning (there are quite a few interesting theories suggested by other film critics). Some say that it's about the dream of a psychotic woman on the verge of committing suicide. Others say it's an allegory for the corruptive nature of the Hollywood lifestyle. There have even been some who feel that the whole film is just an epic mindfuck, which wouldn't be that surprising coming from an iconoclast like David Lynch. But what is surprising is that most people will admit that they don't fully understand it, and yet they can't get enough of it. Perhaps its popularity can be attributed to the complex plot, or the brilliant acting, or maybe the combined innocence and raw sesuality of Naomi Watts' performance. Whatever the appeal may be, there's no doubt about it, Mulholland Dr. is a provocative, titillating and mesmerizing trip that you have to experience for yourself. Maybe even more than once.
Mulholland Dr.
Key to the past? Unlikely lovers... The troubled filmmaker... The Man behind Winkies... The two watched enthralled...

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June 03, 2009
This was easily my favorite film of 2001 & I even managed to see it twice in the local multiplex which is uncommon for me. I normally watch films once in the theatre if at all & then purchase them if I'm completely sold. This one definitely demands repeated viewings although the DVD disc was nothing to write home about. No chapters?? WTF?? No extras? Essentially, it was just a bare bones edition of a great Lynch film or perhaps one of his absolute best films. It's quintessential David Lynch in my book & I suppose I should've been glad to have the film at all but I keep hoping that one day we'll get a much deserved Special Edition of this on DVD. Fingers crossed. Excellent review by the way Orlok!!
September 23, 2009
agreed. I became a fan of Naomi Watts and Laura Herring because of this film....
September 23, 2009
I was a bit let down with Lynch's follow-up Inland Empire but perhaps I just need to re-visit it sometime. Hey Woop!!
September 23, 2009
Yeah, I loved this movie and I've seen it about a dozen times and it's probably the only film that I could say that about when I still don't really get the plot. Even though I have quite a few ideas as to what it all might mean, I'm still left in the dark and I kind of like it that way. This is one of those films that I would hope the director never explains because it works better as an enigma. It's sexier that way too.
September 23, 2009
I had to buy the film on the first day of it's DVD release. I basically saw this as Lynch's take on the dog-eat-dog world of showbusiness. It's essentially your classic tale of two girls trying to make it big in Hollywood. One girl is left with nothing whereas the other one seems to become everything that her friend aspired to be. Well, that's the minced or condensed version but my words could never do Lynch justice unfortunately. Great film!
September 23, 2009
Yeah, but what about the identity-switching, the demonic presence behind the restaurant, the cowboy and gangster subplot, and the bizarre opening sequence. There's more to the movie than can be absorbed in just one viewing. Have you watched the film and looked for the clues that are mentioned on the booklet that came with the DVD. Very weird.
September 23, 2009
Hmm, odd. My DVD copy didn't come with shit. This was merely a bare bones DVD with only a trailer & no chapter inserts. Perhaps Universal did a re-printing or reissue that I wasn't aware of. I think Lynch was trying to show his audience that there is always something lurking in the shadows in good ol' Hollywood & nothing is ever as clear or cut 'n dry as we would like to think. The identity-switching I gathered was just Naomi Watts's character waking up from a dream only to realize what a nightmare her world had become & that there was no real escape. I could be totally off from on this's fun being wrong. LOL
September 23, 2009
My DVD doesn't have any special features except for a a few short bios and filmographies of the actors and Lynch and the trailer. It did however come with a little insert with the clues. If you go up to the photos under the data point, one of them that I uploaded is of the insert with the clues.
September 23, 2009
Thanks! I'm glad you pointed that out. I will check out that photo & try to look for the clues on my next viewing. It's been a hot minute since I saw this so it's time to re-visit a modern classic. ;-)~
May 07, 2010
Here, you can print this up or just take notes.
More Mulholland Dr. reviews
review by . October 07, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****    After one has seen David Lynch's "Mulholland Drive", the word "Silencio" has become one of the most haunting words in cinema since those spoken by Marlon Brando ("The horror...the horror") in "Apocalypse Now". It might be an irrelevant comparison overall, but both are films that linger in the corners of our minds. Both are less than conventional even if Lynch exists more on his own terms than Francis Ford Coppola ever did (although he is a fine filmmaker; …
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I'll admit that this is my first time watching a David Lynch film, but Mulholland Dr. blew me away.       While this film certainly benefits in having an edge-to-your-seat gripping storyline and compelling characters, the ultimate strength in this film lies in Lynch's refusal to explain the movie, which allows us to create our own ways of fleshing out what really happens and what the film really means.      The only thing that may turn off …
review by . June 21, 2005
Originally filmed in 1999 as a TV pilot, "Mulholland Dr." was rejected. The next year, David Lynch received money to film new scenes to make the movie suitable to be shown in theaters. He did so - and created one of the greatest, most bizarre and nightmarish films ever made.    The film really doesn't have main characters, but if there were main characters, they would be Betty (Naomi Watts) and Rita (Laura Elena Harring). Betty is a perky blonde who's staying in her aunt's apartment …
review by . February 29, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
David Lynch has crafted a very clever thriller that's so unusually sequenced that you are thoroughly confused at the end of watching the film. The DVD has minimal bonus material and no commentary. It does provide some clues in the DVD liner to help you figure out what the meaning of everything in the movie is and the sequence of what actually happened. This is a truly challenging thriller that has a lot of darkness and foreboding. There are some lesbian sex scenes and a very impressive performance …
review by . April 22, 2002
Without fail, it seems those who see Mulholland Drive have a knee-jerk reaction in one of two ways: (a) they think it's pointless and stupid and weird and they're completely baffled by it, or (b) they become entranced and absorbed...and they're completely baffled by it.The first time I saw this movie, I was in the (b) category. I couldn't explain it, I couldn't put it together, but I loved it. It begins with two story threads that are ostensibly unrelated. In one, a woman called "Rita" has lost …
review by . July 03, 2002
Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine says it best, "Lynch's Mulholland Drive is...a haunting, selfish masterpiece that literalizes the theory of surrealism as perpetual dream-state."Amazingly, Mulholland Drive was originally a pilot for an ABC TV series that never got picked up. What a series it could have been! Viewers would have been scratching their heads from week to week and still kept coming back for more. ABC deemed it too controversal, and lacked some all-around faith. It seem's the censor's are …
review by . April 17, 2002
David Lynch is his own man and he is unafraid to put out films that are untouched reruns of his own wild imagination. MULHOLLAND DRIVE drives some people crazy because of their need for absolute resolution of stories. This little gem of a film is more like a carefully staged stream of consciousness and if you can't jump on the ride then you're missing the joy. Lynch has captured fine performances from a strong cast, explores terrain rich and strange, and even goes over the edge just enough to test …
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Pandora couldn't resist opening the forbidden box containing all the delusions of mankind, and let's just say David Lynch, in Mulholland Drive, indulges a similar impulse. Employing a familiar film noir atmosphere to unravel, as he coyly puts it, "a love story in the city of dreams," Lynch establishes a foreboding but playful narrative in the film's first half before subsuming all of Los Angeles and its corrupt ambitions into his voyeuristic universe of desire. Identities exchange, amnesia proliferates, and nightmare visions are induced, but not before we've become enthralled by the film's two main characters: the dazed and sullen femme fatale, Rita (Laura Elena Harring), and the pert blonde just-arrived from Ontario (played exquisitely by Naomi Watts) who decides to help Rita regain her memory. Triggered by a rapturous Spanish-language version of Roy Orbison's "Crying," Lynch's best film since Blue Velvet splits glowingly into two equally compelling parts.--Fionn Meade
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Director: David Lynch
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: October 8, 2001
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: David Lynch
DVD Release Date: April 9, 2002
Runtime: 147 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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