26 December 2008

Leftovers and Ben & Jerry's on Mulholland Drive

My Lynchian holiday education included a late-night viewing of The Elephant Man last night, and continued this evening with Mulholland Drive, accompanied by the last of the leftover stuffed peppers, and some Ben & Jerry's Cheesecake Brownie ice cream. In fact I watched Mulholland Drive for the second time this morning, and following an afternoon of reading about it here and here, decided to make it a Mulholland Drive day and watch it one more time... If you've seen the movie just once before you'll know what it's like to almost get what's going on, but fall just short of that one little connecting idea that will piece it all together. Anyway there are about a million such ideas here.

I actually prefer to watch movies for the first time knowing as little as possible about them, but as a guideline to any subsequent MD viewing, consider David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller:

1. Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits.
2. Notice appearances of the red lampshade.
3. Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?
4. An accident is a terrible event... notice the location of the accident.
5. Who gives a key, and why?
6. Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.
7. What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio?
8. Did talent alone help Camilla?
9. Note the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies.
10. Where is Aunt Ruth?


  1. Thanks for posting some clues... I watched MD again, yesterday. I think I get this movie (in my own way, ignoring parts, in the way the director didn't intend; but it works for me). The keys for me were what the Cowboy says to Adam Kesher, and Silencio.

    Okay I still don't really get it.

  2. Sonya: try reading this... or even the first part of it... it clears up a lot. Kind of.



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