Mulholland Dr. (Lynch, 2001) is a polarizing film.
It was named “best film of the decade” by more than 200 industry insiders and directors who responded to the annual survey administered by the magazine Film Comment, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) recognized it as the best movie of the 2000s. LAFCA praised the film “as both a cautionary tale and a mascot for the triumph of art and personal vision in an industry that, from where we sit, seems actively devoted to the suppression of both.”
Yet, the movie has not been greeted with unanimous acclaim. Karina Montgomery, writing for Cinerina, characterizes the film as performance art masturbation that is “apparently very fulfilling for the doer but pretty dang tiresome for the watcher.” The New York Observer‘s Rex Reed describes it as “a load of moronic and incoherent garbage,” and James Sanford of the Kalamazoo Gazette thinks it is a crock pot “of odds and ends tossed together and left to stew until whatever flavor they may have had is completely gone.”
In this class, we are less concerned with the “greatness” of this film than with what it might tell us about storytelling and narrative complexity.
Now that you have viewed the entire film, jot down some notes on a piece of paper about what you think happened. What is the relationship between Betty and Diane? Between Rita and Camilla? Next, visit the site Lost on Mulholland Drive, and skim the range of theories and interpretations. You might want to investigate the newcomer’s guide, “Lynch’s 10 Clues,” and the gallery of visual echoes. Let all of this bubble around in your brain for a while, and — in the spirit of the movie — you might want to “sleep on it.”
Your second blog assignment is to write approximately five to seven paragraphs that address the following topics:
Your blog posting does not need to be written as a formal academic paper, but it should be thoroughly proof-read for writing mechanics. (Note: The titles of movies, television programs, video games, and books are always italicized.) Be sure to consult the Blog Grading Criteria and Checklist for more details about what should be included in your blog postings.