Movement Nu 06: David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive
Movement Nu 06
This movie focuses on a film within the film. The film is about the decision that a potential film artist must make, upon arrival in Hollywood, as to whether or not to succumb to the overriding forces of the film’s production that cause the inevitable death of the film’s creativity, originality and organicity. Why would any film director want to endure this hardship? The answer to this question is explored in the film by Lynch’s imaginative display of the workings of the power infrastructure of Hollywood in all of its irrationality and brute violence.
Two of the three main protagonists in the film are females; it may be noteworthy Lynch’s excessive emphasis on creative transformations of said female, as a point juxtaposed against the arbitrary control taken over the female lead by the darker “villains” of the film. Lynch himself would never make a film without complete creative control. Given very close scrutinization, this film can be endlessly interpreted to the viewer’s own creative liking. Point being that this movie should never be dismissed as a two hour dream with a half hour reality check at the end. “Asserting that the radical transformation of Betty and the world around her could only be explained by dismissing all previous events as a dream/non-reality is merely not attempting to understand it any other way.” – Dave C. Silagi