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  • We see Betty, played by the amazing Naomi Watts, a pretty blonde would be starlet who is arriving at L
  • Naomi Watts is amazing in this and truly shows she is an actress of great dramatic ability and I think it helped her career
  • The music is great in this film too, featuring Badalamento and a Barry Adamson tune I love

    • by jeanne71
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      Mulholland Drive is an absolute masterpiece from surreal director David Lynch, but it is not for everybody I guess. Some people are going to be irritated at the strangeness of this film, but others like me enjoy that strangeness and it serves to draw us into the mystery. The film starts apparently from the point of view of somebody apparently falling asleep and the camera plunges into a blurred out pillow. There is a beautiful dark woman, played by the exotic Laura Harring who is just about to be assassinated in a car when a freak accident occurs and this dazed woman wobbles her way to a residential house, sneaks in as the owner is leaving and falls asleep. We see Betty, played by the amazing Naomi Watts, a pretty blonde would be starlet who is arriving at L.A. airport with a dream to become a Hollywood star. Betty is played in a cheesy, naïve way by Watts and later in the film we can possibly work out why.

      Although Betty is pink and cutesy and cheesy, right from the start something strange is going on because we see the friendly old couple whom Betty was


      chatting to on the plane break out into the most sinister smiles once they are out of view of Betty. It turns out that Betty is going to be staying at her aunt’s apartment while she is out of town on business, and this just happens to be the apartment that the dazed woman has fallen asleep in. Harring’s character does not know who she is, but tells Betty her name is Rita, inspired by the Rita Hayworth poster on the wall of the apartment. The beautiful Harring character really is a Rita Hayworth classic beauty of a woman.

      Betty is not too freaked to find ‘Rita’ in her aunt’s bathroom as she believes she is her aunt’s friend, but by the time she finds out her aunt has never heard of Rita they have struck up a friendship and developed a bond. Rita is suffering from total amnesia and Betty has compassion for her and is also intrigued by the mystery of who she is and what happened to her. Rita is not so intrigued and she is terrified of something but cannot remember. Mulholland Drive is filled with lots of great characters such as ...


      • Coco played by Ann Miller in her final role, the landlady of the apartment, and the always watchable Justin Theroux as the hot Hollywood director. Rita and Betty’s relationship eventually turns sexual and also increasingly surreal. Some very scary mafia types threaten Theroux’s character that they will pull the plug on his film unless he hires a certain actress for the lead role in the film, and one of those is played by Angela Badalamenti, the composer who provides the beautiful soundtrack to many of Lynch’s films but he manages to act quite the nutcase here. After a very surreal episode in a local nightclub with a magician showing us that ‘everything is illusion’, the story appears to change completely with Naomi Watts being woken from her sleep, the suggestion being that we have just been witnessing her dream. Now Naomi Watts is a different person altogether called Diane Selwyn, a character that was featured in the dream, unlike the sunny Betty she is beat down, poor and a failure as an actress. With flashbacks, we see the reality that created her dream, and Rita is really Camilla, not the confused person we see in the
        dream but her manipulating and cruel lesbian lover.

        This film is rich with symbolism that is so detailed that you start wondering if you are being paranoid and just reading things into it. It is enjoyable to reflect on the dream she has had with the hindsight of knowing the reality of the life of the dreamer, Diane Selwyn. I actually found this movie incredibly moving and deep. Diane Selwyn, the dreamer, is not a likeable woman. She is hard-faced and murderous, but I came away from this film with an understanding of how this woman actually came to be like this and I did actually feel great understanding and sympathy for her and sadness. Lynch actually manages to communicate a whole person to us in Diane Selwyn, Watts’s character. Naomi Watts is amazing in this and truly shows she is an actress of great dramatic ability and I think it helped her career. The music is great in this film too, featuring Badalamento and a Barry Adamson tune I love. An absolute masterpiece that must be seen by anyone who does not like their films to fall immediately into place but will leave you thinking about it.




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