Mulholland Drive is David Lynch’s Sunset Boulevard. The story is set in contemporary Hollywood. A young woman arrives in town with high hopes to become an actress. She meets a brunette who has apparently lost her memory. They bond and eventually they cross the path of a promising filmmaker whose career and private life is increasingly caught up in a web of gangsters and mad moguls. Lynch does not only parody the industry in many ways, he simultaneously demonstrates a great faith in the powers of the medium. Skillfully he guides us along a sinuous trajectory between past and present, dream and reality. Originally conceived as a trailer for a TV series, the scenario keeps introducing new, weird characters every ten minutes or so, and eventually abandons all hope of closure in a freakish finale that directly connects with the most vibrant hallucinations of Twin Peaks. If the magic cube acts like a Macguffin, one could also see an ironic reference to the game industry. In fact, David Lynch has recently launched his own website (www.davidlynch.com) with some specially designed series. Considered to be one of the most uncompromising auteurs within contemporary American cinema, Lynch proves to be also one of the most ironically clever entrepreneurs in the field. And an artist whose imagination can manifest itself in a variety of mediums. –IFFR
David Lynch grew up as a Presbyterian. David Lynch spent his childhood throughout the Pacific Northwest and Durham, North Carolina depending on where his father’s job as a research scientist for the Department of Agriculture took him. His mother was an English tutor whose parents immigrated to the United States from Finland in the 19th century. David Lynch attained the rank of Eagle Scout and, as a teenager served as an usher at John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Inauguration. David Lynch took courses at The Corcoran School of Art during his high school career at Francis C. Hammond High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for one year (where he was a roommate of Peter Wolf) before leaving for Europe with childhood friend and contemporary artist Jack Fisk. In 1966 he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).
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Watching Mulholland Drive a second time was such a completely different experience. The first time I was left utterly confused, with only a vague sense of what had happened. The second time it made such perfect sense it didn’t feel complex at all. It really is just a simple story told in a complex way.
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