by Daniel Suddes
Mulholland Dr (2001 ) Written and Directed by David Lynch Produced by: John Wentworth, Mary Sweeney, Alain Sarde, Michael Polaire, Tony Krantz, Joyce Eliason, Neal Edelstein, Pierre Edelmann Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Robert Forster, Ann Miller, Billy Ray Cyrus Oscar Count: 0 (Nominated for Best Director)
David Lynch, despite world-wide respect, has been an inconsistent director at best. Like the little girl with the spit curl, when he’s good, he’s very, very good (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, The Straight Story) and when he’s bad he’s horrid (Lost Highway, Dune, The Elephant Man…yes, The Elephant Man). InMulholland Dr, Lynch is at his best. His bizarre dream worlds are used for a meaningful and logical end, and the film is the most hypnotic thriller ever filmed.
There is no story to this film in the traditional sense. It is about a woman who invents a conspiracy to explain her failure as an actress. But Like Lynch’s other work, it is made up of images, feelings, and ideas. People do not really speak in this film, as what they are feeling cannot be put into words. They are almost like marionettes – highly suspicious that they know of their nature but cannot find the man pulling the strings. This makes the bizarre images seem more poignant. They are what is beneath our own conscious but are usually ignored. Lynch’s bizarre images sometimes do not mean anything. But they are meant to be disconcerting and make people uncomfortable. Why? Because these images of violence and sadism exist in our every-day life. There really are derelicts behind the local diner with frightening faces. Does it mean anything to you? Continue reading