A modern retelling of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari; a film about a man who commits a crime so unspeakable that he's forced to reimagine his life through the perspective of someone else. He can't escape it & soon the truth begins to bleed through into the fiction. It's a fascinating experiment, mysterious, unnerving & cinematic, & precursor to the same theme of psychological transmutation also found in Mulholland Drive.
OJ and a Doorbell ditcher, Deren and noir, lips and nips. Lynch mixes some strange influences into a strange, but surprisingly accessible movie. I'm torn on whether we are meant to be as horrified by the sex as the protagonist/s, whether this is a puerile nightmare or a criticism of sexualisation. It's scary regardless and perhaps the sole remnant of nineties goth culture that holds up.
1.5. Third-rate Lynch. Half a star for those glorious close-ups and the early scenes with Bill Pullman & Patricia Arquette (she really gets put through a lot in this one). Familiar Lynchian devices abound, but the creative epiphany is gone, and the material seems cheap and counterfeit.
CINEMA, 35mm _ rewatched, on a giant screen in the best possible conditions. I was amazed at the editing the way images fade into each other. Also appreciated the iconic film references (Vertigo and Double Idemnity among others). A real dark experience with unexpected soundtrack choices. It annouces in a way a lot of what is about to come in Mullholand Drive. Beautiful to dive in again 17 years later.
The second half isn't as absorbing as the first, which is almost full blown horror. The lingering shot in the corridor after Patricia Arquette steps out - pure terror. I forgive the drop of intensity midway through because of the outcome with the spiral structure (that was strangely pythagorean). Although, the weirdest part of this film is how it could very well be Lynch's premonition of Ryan Gosling's career.
95/100 (Tekrar izlenebilecek zamanı arıyordum. Gerçekten en doğru vakti buldum sanırım. Ve şuna kanaat getirdim ki Pulp Fiction ve Lost Highway sakin kafayla, gündüz gözüyle, hatta alkolsüz izlenecek son filmlerdir. Bu filmi olağanca geç bir saatte, bulanık kafayla ve biraz alkollü izledim. Ve film bitişiyle Rammstein'in gerçek keyfine vardım "Sonu elektrikli sandalye olsa bile keşke biz de bu rüyaları görebilsek"..)
This would have been better as a 20 minute montage. It looks and sounds great, but I don't feel that there's enough substance to last almost two hours. Lynch is a genius and the worlds he creates are brilliantly dark and enthralling, but 'Lost Highway' lacks almost any magnetism for me. It's just too confusing. I don't think I should have to watch it 10 times or google the ambiguous details before I 'get it'.