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Mulholland Drive (2001)

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (R, 147 min.)


Monday, September 25, 2023

7:00 PM

This film is part of the Cinematic Storytelling series, courtesy of the Department of Communication, Media, Journalism and Film at Missouri State University. This academic series is open to the public and Free for Moxie Members.
Series Lineup:
Sept. 11: Gladiator (2000)
Sept. 18: The Big Chill (1983)
Sept. 25: Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Synopsis: A love story in the city of dreams . . . Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. [Criterion]

Starring: Starring: Naomi Watts, Laura HarringJustin, Theroux
Director: David Lynch
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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"For film buffs and Lynch fans, this is a glorious high."

— Jami Bernard, New York Daily

"Mulholland Drive works directly on the emotions, like music."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"It just requires an open mind, a love of film and a willingness to dream."

— Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

"Amid the chaos of this marvelous, uncategorizable film squirms one of the year's best performances. (2001)"

— Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz

"An intriguingly mysterious, self-reflexive ode to the dream factory, it's one of Lynch's most satisfying films."

— Ken Fox, TV Guide Magazine

"The challenge is exhilarating. You can discover a lot about yourself by getting lost in Mulholland Drive. It grips you like a dream that won't let go."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Mulholland Drive isn't a 'puzzle' like 'Memento,' in which the pieces (sort of) fit together. There are some pieces here that will never fit -- except maybe in Lynch's unconscious. And yet -- and yet -- this distinctly Hollywood nightmare makes a deeper kind of sense."

— David Edelstein, Slate

"Mulholland Drive is as brilliant and disquieting as anything Lynch has ever done. It is psychotically lucid, oppressively strange, but with a powerfully erotic and humanly intimate dimension that Lynch never quite achieved elsewhere. It is a fantasia of illusion and identity, a meditation on the mystery of casting in art as in life: the vital importance of finding the right role."

— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian