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Movie Review: Mulholland Dr.


Written and directed by David Lynch.

Mulholland Dr. is a movie about Hollywood. As such, it fits snugly into a category of films that’s one of my favorites: the dream factory dreaming of itself. Lynch’s major entry into this sub-genre is specifically about achieving some sense of identity in a place that subverts identity on a regular basis, promoting some to stardom and discarding others. For Diane, one of the discarded, it’s about wish-fulfillment, dreams come true. Which is, in the end, if not reality, Hollywood. All the rest — magic keys and scary old people and dimly lit apartments — are just the trappings of truth.

“I had a dream about this place.” — Dan


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Andy Davidson is the author of IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN. He lives in Georgia with his wife and five cats.

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