2001 ***** 147 mins.

"It gets inside your head . . . and stays there." - Vogue

I can't think of a better way to introduce this film. The first time I watched it, I was completely entranced by it. For days after watching it, I was thinking about it, trying to make connections and figure it out. After watching it again, I loved it even more, and seemed to make more sense out of it, still thinking about it days afterward. David Lynch has truly mastered his art form, and this film shows it. To me, this film shows the absolute best that David Lynch is or could be. It's a perfect blend of everything he is as an artist and a filmmaker. Originally conceived as a pilot for a television series, Mulholland Drive was changed to film form, wrapping everything up, after being rejected.

Naomi Watts plays Betty, who has just arrived in L.A. as an aspiring actress. Laura Elena Harring plays "Rita", who has gotten amnesia after a car accident. The film explores what really happened to her, as well as the career of Betty. One must be open to the possibility that what we are seeing may not be what really happens. The connections and cross-overs are mind-boggling and intriguing, and no one can possibly forget Mulholland Drive.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Rated R for violence, language, and some strong sexuality.

Justin Theroux + Naomi Watts + Laura Elena Harring + Ann Miller + Robert Forster + Dan Hedaya + Billy Ray Cyrus + Chad Everett + Jeanne Bates + Angelo Badalamenti + Michael Anderson + Scott Coffey + Rebekah Del Rio

Written and Directed by
David Lynch

MULHOLLAND DRIVE in The Criterion Collection

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