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Mulholland Drive

147 min
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
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David Lynch
Nominated for Oscar. Another 49 wins & 39 nominations
Country: France
Release Date: 2001-10-26
Filming Locations: 387 South Main Street, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $15,000,000
Opening Weekend: $960,558 (USA) (21 October 2001)
Gross: $7,219,578 (USA) (5 May 2002)
Dan Hedaya
Dan Hedaya
Mulholland Drive
Naomi Watts
Betty Elms
Laura Harring
Ann Miller
Catherine 'Coco' Lenoix
Justin Theroux
Adam Kesher
Brent Briscoe
Detective Neal Domgaard
Robert Forster
Detective Harry McKnight
Katharine Towne
Cynthia Jenzen
Lee Grant
Louise Bonner
Scott Coffey
Billy Ray Cyrus
Chad Everett
Jimmy Katz
Rita Taggart
Linney James
James Karen
Wally Brown
Lori Heuring
Lorraine Kesher
Angelo Badalamenti
Luigi Castigliani
Michael Des Barres
Billy Deznutz
Marcus Graham
Vincent Darby
Missy Crider
Waitress at Winkies (Diane / Betty) (as Melissa Crider)
Robert Katims
Ray Hott
Jeanne Bates
Dan Birnbaum
Irene's Companion at Airport
Randall Wulff
Limo Driver (as Scott Wulff)
Maya Bond
Ruth Elms
Patrick Fischler
Michael Cooke
Bonnie Aarons
Michael J. Anderson
Mr. Roque
Joseph Kearney
Roque's Manservant
Enrique Buelna
Back of Head Man
Richard Mead
Hairy-Armed Man
Sean Everett
Cab Driver at LAX
Daniel Rey
Valet Attendant
David Schroeder
Robert Smith
Tom Morris
Espresso Man
Melissa George
Camilla Rhodes
Mo Gallini
Castigliane Limo Driver (as Matt Gallini)
Mark Pellegrino
Joe Messing
Vincent Castellanos
Diane Nelson
Heavy-Set Woman killed By Messing
Charles Croughwell
Vacuum Man killed By Messing
Rena Riffel
Tad Horino
Tony Longo
Geno Silva
Cookie Park Hotel Manager
Monty Montgomery
Kate Forster
Martha Johnson
Wayne Grace
Bob Brooker
Michele Hicks
Nicki Pelazza
Lisa K. Ferguson
Julie Chadwick
William Ostrander
2nd Assistant Director
Elizabeth Lackey
Brian Beacock
Backup Singer #1
Blake Lindsley
Backup Singer #2
Adrien Curry
Backup Singer #3
Tyrah M. Lindsey
Backup Singer #4
Michael D. Weatherred
Hank (as Michael Weatherred)
Michael Fairman
Johanna Stein
Woman in #12
Richard Green
Conte Candoli
Club Silencio Trumpet Player (as Conti Condoli)
Cori Glazer
Blue-Haired Lady in balcony seat at Club Silencio
Rebekah Del Rio
Lyssie Powell
Blond in Bed (Corpse) in #17
Kimberly Clever
Joshua Collazo
David Frutos
Peter Loggins
Theresa Salazar
Thea Samuels
Christian Thompson
Jehshua Barnes
Young Actor (uncredited)
Elina Madison
Starlet (uncredited)
Marc Kenneth Robinson
Police officer (uncredited)
Desi Singh
First Cab Driver (uncredited)
Did you know?
Although commonly mistaken for "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Jan Vermeer, the painting inside the apartment of Betty's aunt is actually a painting by Guido Reni entitled "Beatrice Cenci".
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Cori Glazer:  the script supervisor is playing the blue-haired lady.
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Originally filmed in 1999 on a budget of $8 million as a made-for-TV pilot, Mulholland Dr. (1999), new scenes were filmed one year later on a $7 million budget given by the French film studio Studio Canal to wrap up the open ending which had been left unresolved in the original version so that a TV series could follow.
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When the detectives talk about finding the gun in the back of the limo, they call the limo a "Caddy" when in fact the limo is actually a late 1980's Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limo.
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When Betty arrives at LA she is walking out from the top level of LAX. Arrivals are at the bottom level, Departures are at the top.
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When Rita is walking to after from the accident the cut on the right side of her head disappears and reappears. Also, even though the blood is obviously dry, the blood pattern is completely different each time.
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Betty Elms: Don't drink all the coke!
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Cowboy: A man's attitude... a man's attitude goes some ways. The way his life will be. Is that somethin' you agree with?
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Rita: Good night, sweet Betty.
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What actually happens in Mulholland Drive, and when?
Suggested timeline of events:1 - Diane on the set of Adam Kesher's film - While the movie timeline starts with Camilla/Rita's Mulholland Drive sequence, the actual reality timeline starts with Diane's visit to the movie set where Adam is directing a scene with Camilla, her girlfriend (even though it's seen as a flashback). Adam's very hands-on technique of showing Camilla's co-star how to properly perform a screen kiss leads Diane to suspect that the two are having an affair behind her back. Later, when Camilla visits Diane, Camilla tells Diane "we shouldn't do this anymore." Realizing her suspicions regarding Adam are likely true, she angrily throws Camilla out of her apartment.2 - Diane at the dinner - The characters there will later be incorporated into the paranoid fantasy of her 'romanticized Hollywood' dream: The director talking about the pool man becomes the director in her dream, also with Diane's idea of the pool man. The fat man watching her as she drinks her coffee becomes the gangster who doesn't like his espresso. Coco, the director's mother, becomes her landlady. The cowboy-hat guy becomes the cowboy-hat Hollywood power figure. The girl who kisses Camilla becomes the "Camilla Rhodes" in the dream part. And of course, Camilla, her ex-lover, becomes the dependent, loving person Diane wants her to be: "Rita".3 - Diane at Winkie's - After the humiliation at dinner, Diane decides to kill Camilla. At Winkie's, we meet the hitman she hires. He remains the hitman (and becomes a pimp) in her dream, although an amusingly incompetent one, possible because Diane fears he may not have been discreet in his actions, since she's been told that a pair of detectives have been asking after her. The scary man in the background of this scene becomes the man with scary dreams in the dream-Winkie's scene. Diane's fear (acknowledging the reality of the murder) is projected into her dream as the man's fear, the scary bum's face. We later see the connection, as it is this dream-bum who holds the box. The single stack of dirty money is dreamed as clean, neat multiple stacks. The plain blue key, that opens nothing but represents the murder, becomes futuristic looking, and now represents the 'key' to opening the repressed reality of the murder she is responsible for, hidden in the blue box. The waitress at the diner becomes "Diane." (She is often mistaken as the prostitute seen hanging out with the hitman later, although it is not the same actress in both scenes. They do have very similar hairstyles, however.) The waitress's real name, Betty, is the name Diane takes in her dream persona.4 - Diane at home - The first scene of the movie (after the opening dance sequence) is filmed as Diane's head landing on a pillow, following the montage of the jitterbug contest she had won. We later learn that she already has the blue key, and knows the murder has taken place. At some point after that is the unseen moment when she begins her downward spiral into fantasy, falls asleep, and dreams.5 - Diane's dream/fantasy - The first 4/5 of the movie- It begins with Camilla/Rita escaping the hit Diane had just, in reality, taken out on her. "From there, Diane, a product of Hollywood, imagines the story in cinematic fashion: She sees herself as the naive wannabe starlet Betty, who succeeds on sheer talent and solves whatever problems are thrown her way. She even gets the girl!...she reimagines her ruined career and failed relationship with the woman she loves." - Her fantasy also punishes the director for getting the girl in the real world; he loses control of the film he's directing, his wife cheats on him with the pool man, and they throw him out of his house.6 - The box - In the "Silencio" club scene, because of all the "illusion" comments and depictions, such as the singer, Diane realizes she is dreaming and shakes uncontrollably. On the edge of reality/waking, the box appears in her dream, as her subconscious could no longer repress her memories of murdering her friend. The box is the symbol of Camilla's death and inside it Diane's guilt, which she kept locked up by her fears (the bum/monster). Once Rita/Camilla unlocks it, the dream-cowboy says, "It's time to wake up."7 - Diane's awakening - As shown on her face when she wakes, Diane is forced to face the fact that it was all a dream, the sadness of her own life, and the guilt brought on by having her ex-girlfriend murdered. Diane's neighbor knocks on her door, which is what actually woke her up, to tell her there have been detectives looking for her, additional confirmation that there has been a murder. From "She starts reflecting on how she came to be in this position, from Camilla's coolness to her flirtations with Adam to the unforgivable humiliations at the party. Diane sees that she's been reduced to an object of pity and contempt by even someone like Coco." In her kitchen, Diane says excitedly, "You've come back", to "Camilla" before quickly realizing it was just another hallucination/fantasy. This is when Diane goes into a flashback of: 2 - Diane at dinner, 3 - Diane at Winkie's, leading into:8 - Diane's breakdown - This hallucination starts with the bum dropping the open blue box (the murder realization), and then comes the crushing guilt. The escaping little old people (the ones who are possibly her parents or grandparents) remind her of how far she's come and how much she's changed and also how she couldn't possibly face those people again, knowing what she's done. (When we first meet Betty, she is saying good-bye to this old couple, on to a better, brighter future in Hollywood.) As her guilt and the reality of what she's done overwhelm her (and with the hallucinatory breakdown of the old couple attacking), she shoots herself in the mouth, and lies dead on the bed much like the dead Diane Selwyn did in Diane's dream sequence.from
What are the answers to David Lynch's clues?
Suggestions:* Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits. The red comforter and pillows, upon which Diane will later awake, and Betty/Diane's appearance with the elderly travelers seen later in the film, who may be her parents or grandparents. * Notice appearances of the red lampshade. First time: Nobody answers the telephone next to it, but the final ring carries over into the next shot, where we are introduced to Betty for the first time. Second time: When Rita/Camilla calls Betty/Diane to tell her that the car is right outside to take her to Mulholland Dr.* Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again? The film is entitled "The Sylvia North Story." We hear the name again at the dinner scene at Adam's house, when it is revealed that Diane auditioned for a part in the film, but lost it to Camilla. * An accident is a terrible event... notice the location of the accident. Mulholland Drive is the location of Rita's accident in the dream sequence, whereas in real life the limo ride culminated in the dinner party where Camilla and Adam Kesher announced their engagement in front of Diane. * Who gives a key, and why? The hit man gives it to Betty/Diane, to inform her that the job is done. * Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup. The robe turns into a pair of cutoffs, the empty ashtray wasn't there before, and the coffee cup turns into a glass of iced tea (or a glass of scotch on the rocks), as Betty/Diane walks towards the couch with Rita/Camilla in it. This indicates that the scene has seamlessly segued into a flashback, as we see Diane give the same ashtray back to her neighbor just a few minutes earlier in the film.* What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio? Sadness, that everything is an illusion, and that Betty/Diane has the blue box, and Rita/Camilla had the key to that box.* Did talent alone help Camilla? No. It is strongly implied that she is sleeping with the director. In Diane's dream interpretation, a vast mob conspiracy is behind a girl named "Camilla Rhodes," while her own dream persona is the one who appears to have real talent. Diane feels the world is against her, and an unfair collusion behind the scenes kept her from the part in The Sylvia North Story (see clue #3.) * Notice the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies. The dream comes true, except it's day, not "half-night." The significance of the location is that in real life, the restaurant was where Diane arranged to have her lover killed. In her dream of the events, a monster lurks there, described as being "the one who's doing it." Subconsciously, she associates the location with something terrible. When the man in her dream comes face to face with the monster, which he believed to be a dream of his own, the realization that it is really there causes him to drop dead from shock, prefiguring Diane's own breakdown and suicide when she confronts her actions. * Where is Aunt Ruth? She's working on a film in Canada in Diane's dream. In reality, she's dead. This is a reference to the old Hollywood joke that "actors never die, they just 'go and act in Canada'."
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