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Logline: An aspiring actress who has just arrived in Hollywood meets a mysterious brunette suffering from amnesia and together, they search for clues to the second woman’s identity.

Review: There are films that transcend the medium and seem to exist on another plane.  David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. is one such film.  It remains the greatest expression of Lynch’s cinema: a surreal enigmatic puzzle that is unlike any film I have ever seen.

Originally conceived as a TV pilot, Mulholland Dr. is familiar thematic material for Lynch in its depiction of the dark underbelly of society.  Instead of a small town though, Lynch takes on Los Angeles, the city where Hollywood hopefuls’ dreams either come to fruition or are crushed in an instant.  Mulholland Dr. is a dark tale of love, jealousy, the thirst for success, and fear of failure.  It is a place where dreams and reality collide.  Despite the cryptic nature of the narrative, all the answers are there at least for the most part.  Explaining the film in this review would undermine its power.

Mulholland Dr. catapulted Naomi Watts to stardom.  Her performance is flawless as is her costar, Laura Harring.  As expected, Mulholland Dr. is beautifully shot and features gorgeous cinematography.  The soundtrack, composed by frequent Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, is nothing short of astounding.

Mulholland Dr. is one of the greatest films I have ever seen.  In true Lynch fashion, it is bizarre, surreal, creepy, and metaphysical.  Mulholland Dr. toys with our sometimes fragile perception of reality and thrusts us inside Pandora’s Box with its hypnotic power.

 

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