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When movies.stackexchange.com was announced, the very first thing I thought of was "how long after launch before someone asks for an analysis of 'Mulholland Drive'?" Having said that, here is the very abridged version of what's going on. The viewer knows a couple of key points: Rita gets into a car accident and suffers amnesia. She meets Diane who is ...


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Lynch is usually more open to interpretation than most writers/directors and this movie is no exception. Its not clear that there can ever be a 'completely true' interpretation of Mulholland Drive, but the most commonly discussed idea that is relatively easy to state is that Betty is Diane's dream of a better life. Putting it in the context of a dream ...


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"David Lynch's 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller". This Card is Contained within the original DVD release The clues are: Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: At least two clues are revealed before the credits. Notice appearances of the red lampshade. Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is ...


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The film is also a reimagining of several other movies: Like The Wizard of Oz, it features a "dream story" where characters in real life populate the landscape of the dream. The two movies also share similar color palettes and set designs: There are two women at the heart of both Mulholland Drive and Persona, one of whom is an actress, who seem to ...


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The answer to that question is; no one will ever know. David Lynch knew he was onto something ethereal, so he prohibited any promotional photos of the baby and forced his SE crew to sign a release saying they could never talk about it. Lynch, himself, has always been elusive at best. All anyone will ever have is speculation, until Lynch decides to spill ...


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What iandotkelly says about Lynch and openness to interpretation in his movies is universally true. I want to add another interpretation, that I heard. In the second part of the movie Naomi Watts plays a different character. That explanation somewhat reduced my level of confusion about the movie, if you can see both characters as completely separated. But I ...


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I have my own interpretation of the movie, I haven't shared it with anyone yet, think is about time to do it, since it is quite different from anything I have read so far (and it's been quite some time since the movie opened). I think that what this movie/Lynch is trying to tell us is that God is something like a movie director, casting auditions after a ...


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There are a lot of people who questioned the meaning behind the blue box. The blue box is indeed Diane waking from her dream but it is much deeper than that. The blue box in turn can actually be considered a Pandora's box, Diane/Betty's mental Pandora's box also meaning her repressed memories flooding back. If you read about those who have dealt with ...


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I think there is a lot of metaphysical stuff going on in this movie - something akin to the movie The Sixth Sense with Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis. In that regard, you could say that "Rita" actually died in the car crash and from that point in time, all that happens is imaginary - just as in the aforementioned "Willis" movie. Within this post-death ...


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As Johnny Bones correctly answers, no one will ever know. John Patterson, a movie critic for the Guardian stated: The secret of the Eraserhead baby is the Holy Grail of Lynch obsessives, and the one thing missing from Greg Olson's otherwise admirably comprehensive biography of Lynch (David Lynch: Beautiful Dark). And yes, it was the first thing I ...


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The most widely accepted representation of the lady in the radiator is that she represents death. Taken from http://classic-horror.com/reviews/eraserhead_1977 The mysterious Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near) represents the Grim Reaper and sings to Henry an eerie song of heaven and of how "everything is fine" there. It can be stated that the radiator ...


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In FWWM, not only does he say "I am the arm", but at the end when Bob shows up with Leland after kiling Laura, he assumes the position of Mike's left arm and they say together "Bob, I want all MY garmonbozia." For Lynch, it doesn't get clearer than that for an answer.


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The Blue Key, btw, has two definitions, one for the dream sequence and one for reality. For the dream sequence, the blue key is basically the key to the truth. Pretty simple. This may be obvious, but as soon as it's used on the box, we get the true story. In reality, it's a standard blue key. The hitman's calling card, kind of. He uses it to ...



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