Originally planned as a TV series, “Mulholland Drive”, screened in competition tonight, takes us back to familiar Lynchville with its host of Dopplegangers and moody scenes. Director David Lynch, winner of the 1990 Palme d'Or with "Wild at Heart", has assembled much of his regular team (composer Angelo Badalamenti, production designer Jack Fisk, editor Mary Sweeney).
A dark-haired woman (Laura Elena Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an apartment. There she is discovered by Betty (Naomi Watts), a wholesome Midwestern blonde who has come to the City of Angels seeking fame as an actress. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita's true identity. The story is set in a dream-like Los Angeles, spoilt neither by traffic jams nor smog.
Once again, Lynch's creative energies succeed in creating a feeling of dread and impending doom with this feature that starts off as a regular Hollywood film but spirals into an increasingly absurd and confused jumble of intertwined plots.

A woman, known only as Rita, is involved in a car crash on Mulholland Drive, in Hollywood California, with two men, who are apparently evil. In the crash, the two men die, but Rita escapes. She remembers nothing afterwards, not even her name, but simply crawls away. She stumbles to an apartment complex and hides in a bush outside of it. Meanwhile, at a restaurant, two men named Herb and Dan converse. Dan reveals he had a nightmarish dream about the particular restaurant they're in. When the dream begins to come true, the two high-tail it out of there. They go to an alley next to it, where Dan dies for no apparent reason. Later, a wannabe actress named Betty arrives in Los Angeles and takes a cab to the apartment complex her Aunt Ruth lives in. There, she meets Coco (Ann Miller), the manager of the apartment complex. She takes Betty to her Aunt's room (her aunt being away, she is letting Betty stay there). Once Coco leaves, Betty finds Rita hiding in there. Rita eventually tells Betty about her amnesia and the two try to figure out who she is. In another part of Los Angeles, a man named Adam Kesher, a film director, is being conned into hiring a specific actress for his new movie by a pair of brothers named Luigi and Vincezno Castigliane (apparently mafia types). He refuses and returns home, to find his wife in bed with a cleaner. The cleaner beats Adam up, and Adam goes to stay at a hotel. When he's there, he finds the the Castigliane brothers have evaporated all his money resources, and he has only enough for one night.

Owen Wolfe

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