Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive ★★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

''It'll be just like in the movies. Pretending to be somebody else.''

I actually rewatched 'Mulholland Drive' last night, but while IMDb'ing the film this morning, I discovered 'David Lynch's 10 clues to unlocking this thriller' after seeing these, I knew I had to rewatch again tonight. Although they have been called "big obnoxious red herrings", I decided to look into them anyways;

- 'Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits.': This one is obviously referring to the Jitterbug opening sequence. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the two clues are but I believe they could be both members of the elderly couple, whom we see an image of standing alongside Betty . When we first meet them, the elderly couple are bidding farewell to Betty (Naomi Watts) who are have appeared to meet her for the first time. Yet they are clearly visible in this opening sequence standing next to Betty. My guess is that they are her abusive parents, which would explain the ending, forcing her to commit suicide.

- ''Notice appearances of the red lampshade'': The only red lampshade I noticed, and trust I looked hard, was in Betty/Diane's apartment and is seen twice, both times when the phone is ringing in identical shots. It may be unrelated but it projects a crucifix image on the wall.

- ''Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?'': We hear the title 'The Sylvia North Story' just before Mellisa George's audition. We also hear it again in the second half of the film when Dianne says she met Camilla when auditioning for the film.

- ''An accident is a terrible event... notice the location of the accident.'': It's mentioned multiple times that the accident took place on Mulholland Drive....what, that's where they get the title!

- ''Who gives a key, and why?'': The hitman gives Diane a key but just laughs when Dianne asks why. Up till last night, I actually thought the key to blue box and the hitman's blue key were the same thing but I know that's not the case now.

- ''Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.'': A very vague one as there a literally dozens of each scattered throughout the film. I guess there is a scene which features all three, Dianne is wearing a bath robe and makes a cup of coffee and she walks over the couch and see a naked Camilla, she then puts the cup on the table (and it turns into a glass of alcohol) and there is the piano shaped ashtray. Absolutely no idea what these mean though.

- ''What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio?'': The man on stage says that ''It's all recorded...it's all a tape...it's all an allusion'' which can be construed to refer to Betty's life in the first half of the film. It can also be noted that the man in the red suit is Cookie from Adam's hotel earlier in the film. Dianne also realizes that the key fits the blue box.

- ''Did talent alone help Camilla?'': For both Camilla's depicted in the film, the answer is no. Melissa George's Camilla is being heavily assisted by a strange group that includes the mysterious cowboy and the small guy from Twin Peaks. The other Camilla, played by Laura Harring, who we get the indication is successful, is also being assisted due to her marrying Adam, the Director, and due to being flirtatious with many others.

- ''Notice the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies.'': Another one that baffles me, We get the scene where Patrick Fischler's character sees the man and faints, presumably dying. We don't see the man until a lot later where he is sitting down holding the blue box, looks at the camera and puts it into a paper bag, we then see little versions of the elderly couple emerge from it.

- ''Where is Aunt Ruth?'': Either filming a movie in Canada, or, as Dianne says later on, Dead


I realize that this is all a mess that i have probably misinterpreted and most likely doesn't mean a thing, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that 'Mulholland Drive' is a great fucking movie!

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