Mulholland Dr.

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Mulholland Dr.

David Lynch's rambling LA thriller returns to its true home on the big screen

Style conquers soul in David Lynch’s celebrated 2001 Hollywood noir, a dusky, discursive thriller as glamorous and slippery as the city it celebrates. Famously, it was shot as a television pilot, following two women – dark, troubled Rita (Laura Harring) and bright-as-a-button Betty (Naomi Watts, remarkable) – as they navigate the glittering cinematic surface and the criminal underbelly of LA, encountering budding director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) en route. But the show never made it to air, so Lynch took the footage and built around it, adding a bruising anti-romantic climax and leaving plenty of threads hanging.

Gleefully trashing traditional narrative, the result is peppered with moments of pure, neck-prickling sensation – the stark horror of the ‘creature behind Winkie’s’, the aching, inexplicable sadness of the Silencio nightclub. But unusually for Lynch, the emotional centre remains elusive: the relationship between Betty and Rita is remote, even prurient, while Adam’s scenes are amusing but lead nowhere. Visually it’s a wonder, lavishly stocked with deep shadows and crimson lips, while the mood of elegant despair is flawlessly maintained. But there’s not enough heart here to match the operatic, empathetic intensity of Lynch’s best work.

By: Tom Huddleston

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday April 14 2017
Duration: 146 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Lynch
Screenwriter: David Lynch
Cast: Justin Theroux
Dan Hedaya
Chad Everett
Robert Forster
Ann Miller
Brent Briscoe
Katharine Towne
Mark Pellegrino
Lee Grant
Laura Elena Harring
Naomi Watts

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Seanasteve
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Mulholland Dr. is a constantly puzzling film that shocks and terrifies you. David Lynch perfectly misleads and confuses the viewer with beautiful scenes between two strong leads. 

This film is worth seeing on the big screen and then again and again until the plot starts to piece itself together. 

strom-z

"Pity it -deliberately- blocks a credible explanation for the plot by continually switching the identities of the main characters. " - haha, well, that sure doesn't block a credible explanation, you only didn't get it. an excellent film-puzzle with some stunning Badalamenti music ("Love Theme" during the love scene and the very end)

strom-z

"Pity it -deliberately- blocks a credible explanation for the plot by continually switching the identities of the main characters. " - haha, well, that sure doesn't block a credible explanation, you only didn't get it. an excellent film-puzzle with some stunning Badalamenti music ("Love Theme" during the love scene and the very end)

Dominic

A brilliant film. David Lynch's best. It may take a few watches to truly understand the plot, or the one time the identities of the main characters switch. However, it's all there. It just takes a patient mind to see it.

Dominic

A brilliant film. David Lynch's best. It may take a few watches to truly understand the plot, or the one time the identities of the main characters switch. However, it's all there. It just takes a patient mind to see it.

zipping through

Too long &, at times, too pretentious, it nonetheless holds the viewer's attention. Pity it -deliberately- blocks a credible explanation for the plot by continually switching the identities of the main characters.