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David Lynch’s dark Hollywood satire finally reaches the small screen.
This was originally intended to be a TV series. However, the sinister subject matter and explicit lesbian sex scenes gave the studio execs the willies, and they pulled the plug. So director Lynch made the film from the rushes of the intended pilot episode.
Mulholland Drive is full of narrative dead ends, red herrings and even shifts in character identity. It’s as if you aren’t supposed to really watch it but experience it, or even dream it. Lynch tears up the rule book, and subsequently the film is staggering in its detail, technical prowess and visual splendour.
The performances are suitably skewed, as a young actress comes to LA for fame and fortune, only to find a strange woman in her aunt’s apartment. Across town, a filmmaker is being leaned on to change his cast. Oh, and a ghost haunts the downtown diner, and a strange blue box forces the film back in time.
Confused? You will be. It could be the emperor’s new clothes or a triumph of style over substance, but it’s gripping and curiously disturbing. Buy it if you’re a fan, but for the rest of us, perhaps once is enough. RB 12 September 02
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...Lynch apparently…should perhaps consider re-assessing his approach to the DVD format overall, as this is a frustrating disc...
...what we get here is so cheap and ill thought out that it's difficult not to feel disappointed...
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