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Mulholland Dr.
Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring




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David Lynch strikes again with this literal nightmare of a motion picture--a brilliant, scathing, hysterical, and haunting ode to Hollywood. In the film, a mysterious dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) emerges from an accident with a purse full of cash and a head full of amnesia. Meanwhile, Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), a wide-eyed gal from Deep River, Ontario, has just landed in Los Angeles with dreams of movie super stardom. When Betty finds the nameless beauty in her aunt's apartment, she is deeply intrigued by the situation and offers to help her. This sends the two women on a bizarre search for the truth through the macabre, sun-soaked streets of the City of Angels, where the mob, a young film director (Justin Theroux), a studio executive with a tiny head, and an enigmatic figure named the Cowboy all float into the picture, then out again, until there is no longer any distinction between what is dream and what is reality. Originally filmed as a pilot for ABC, Lynch's daring, open-ended vision was coldly rejected by the network. As he was about to abandon the project, French producer Pierre Edelman convinced Lynch to rethink it as a feature. The result is this stunning expression of the subconscious, a testament to the power of personal artistic vision.

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Overview

David Lynch strikes again with this literal nightmare of a motion picture--a brilliant, scathing, hysterical, and haunting ode to Hollywood. In the film, a mysterious dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) emerges from an accident with a purse full of cash and a head full of amnesia. Meanwhile, Betty Elms (Naomi Watts), a wide-eyed gal from Deep River, Ontario, has just landed in Los Angeles with dreams of movie super stardom. When Betty finds the nameless beauty in her aunt's apartment, she is deeply intrigued by the situation and offers to help her. This sends the two women on a bizarre search for the truth through the macabre, sun-soaked streets of the City of Angels, where the mob, a young film director (Justin Theroux), a studio executive with a tiny head, and an enigmatic figure named the Cowboy all float into the picture, then out again, until there is no longer any distinction between what is dream and what is reality. Originally filmed as a pilot for ABC, Lynch's daring, open-ended vision was coldly rejected by the network. As he was about to abandon the project, French producer Pierre Edelman convinced Lynch to rethink it as a feature. The result is this stunning expression of the subconscious, a testament to the power of personal artistic vision.

Awards:
2001 - Cannes - Best Director Winner

Main Cast & Crew

David Lynch - Director
Naomi Watts
Laura Elena Harring
Justin Theroux
Ann Miller
Dan Hedaya
Mark Pellegrino
Robert Forster
Michael J. Anderson
Angelo Badalamenti
Brent Briscoe

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray (Criterion Collection)
  • Run Time: 146
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515159319
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (violence, language and some strong sexuality)
  • Release Date: April 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Fantasy
Surreal
Theatrical Release
Crime
Los Angeles, California
Hollywood
Essential Cinema

 

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Notes:
Theatrical release: October 7, 2001 (NY), October 12, 2001 (Limited)

Reviews:
"...Lynch's latest lingers in the mind and keeps you gripped in ways that have eluded some of his past cinema oddities..." - 10/08/2001 USA Today, p.5D


"...Lynch's head is a more than tantalizing place to be..." - 10/19/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.51-2


"...Naomi Watts shows real attack....[The film] shows signs of being a lasting work, a film that shifts and changes along with the viewer..." - 01/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.51


"...Surrender to it. Lynch's wild ride through the unconscious is grounded in emotion....A dark, dazzling piece..." - 11/08/2001 Rolling Stone, p.133-4


"...Like real dreams, it does not explain....[The film] lingers over what it finds fascinating....A movie to surrender yourself to. If you require logic and closure, see something else..." - 03/31/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"Watts, in two opposite roles, displays striking range." - 03/01/2005 Premiere, p.110


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n experience that'll baffle, exhilarate and leave you in stunned silencio." - 05/01/2007 Total Film, p.126


4 stars out of 5 -- "A tantalizing and beautifully shot film....Still as enigmatic and impenetratable six years on." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.123


"MULHOLLAND DR. is an enigma dazzled by old Hollywood glamour, warping filmic narrative to the edge of incoherence, so that all of its seductive qualities come through." - 10/28/2015 A.V. Club

 

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