Mulholland Drive (2001)

DAVID LYNCH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.5

France/USA, 2001.  , , , , .  Screenplay by David Lynch.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Mary Sweeney.  Academy Awards 2001.  American Film Institute Awards 2001. Boston Film Critics Awards 2001.  Cannes Film Festival 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 2001.  National Board of Review Awards 2001.  New York Film Critics Awards 2001Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  

Atmosphere is just the first delicious part of the experience in this David Lynch film, his best since Blue Velvet. Two women are united after a car accident on the titular road in Los Angeles, one of whom is now amnesiac and doesn’t know her identity, the other an aspiring actress anxious to help her.  At some point, however, the two women are now alternate characters and Lynch draws his audiences further into a dreamlike vortex of confusion.  It’s what he does best, and fans of his will have no end of fun having their chains pulled one more time. Naomi Watts and  are both excellent in the lead roles, and veteran MGM musical star is wonderful in a supporting role as a kindly landlady who befriends the actress.

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