Directed by David Lynch
Running time: 147 minutes
Memorably described in the New York Times as “an intoxicating liberation from sense”, Mulholland Drive is David Lynch's neo-noir masterpiece from 2001 and his most critically and commercially successful film since Blue Velvet (1986). Originally made as a pilot for a TV series which was rejected, it was expanded into a feature with the help of French production team StudioCanal. The film focuses on two central female figures: Rita (Laura Harring) and Betty (Naomi Watts, in the role that launched her career), both of whom are actresses circulating on the edge of Hollywood. It opens with a car crash on Mulholland Drive, an infamous road that runs out of the city through the Santa Monica hills. The passenger – a woman – survives, but suffers amnesia from the collision, and is left to meander through the city until she finally stumbles into an apartment which Betty, an aspiring actress, is renting from her elderly aunt. The woman, who begins to call herself 'Rita' after seeing a poster of Rita Hayworth on the wall, has a purse full of cash and a mysterious blue key but no notion of who or where she is. Drawn together, 'Rita' and Betty begin to try and piece together 'Rita's' former identity but in true Lynch fashion, the journey is a circular one, full of assumed identities, illusionistic role play and the high degree self-invention that fuels both the movie industry and the city it inhabits. Described simply by the director as a “love story in the city of dreams” and scored by Lynch's long-time collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, the film earned Lynch best director award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and has since become a cult classic.
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