Mulholland Drive 2001

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A woman emerges from an accident with a bag full of cash and a head full of amnesia in this ode to Hollywood. When 'actress' Betty finds the woman in her aunt's flat she offers to help and they go on a search for the truth while the mob, a director, a studio exec and the Cowboy float in and out of their lives.

Starring:
Justin Theroux,Naomi Watts
Runtime:
2 hours, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director David Lynch
Starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts
Supporting actors Laura Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster, Dan Hedaya
Studio StudioCanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Corbet on 18 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
A quick word of warning: This film is not for the faint of heart, in fact after watching it you get the sense you have damaged your soul a little bit, or somehow lost a precious piece of innocence. The reason for this is that where other movies seek to scare you with dismembered limbs and horrible deaths, Mulholland Drive instead plunges right into your subconscious and explodes like a bombshell of disillusion and despair. I'm not saying it's depressing, as the film, slow though the start may be, is exciting and deeply intriguing all the way through, it's just that you have probably never seen a film so well constructed and carefully designed to hit you hard.

Warning over, this is probably one of the best films I've ever seen. Forget predicting the end, this film does away with conventional storytelling, ditching straightforward plot & linear time-line, dispensing with character continuity and disregarding conventional set pieces in favor of brilliant advant-garde creation. In fact, you'll probably still be trying to figure out WHEN the ending was long after the credits have rolled. Simply put, this film is a mystery, and you, the viewer, are to be the detective. A typical synopsis would tell you that Betty, a bubbly Canadian girl pursuing an acting career in Hollywood, meets a beautiful amnesiac woman hiding in her apartment, and endeavors to help discover her true identity. In reality, there is no way to tell if this is actually true or not, because the evidence you are presented with at the end of the film is fragmented and the pieces fit together in several different ways. Can you see what I'm getting at? You will spend days afterward trying to figure out what actually went down.
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139 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Oswald Cobblepot on 18 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
Bit of a public service announcement here. Great movie, obviously, and if you don't already have it, this is certainly the edition to buy. BUT, if you have the previous DVD and you're thinking of upgrading to the new edition, I really wouldn't bother. The main selling point to me was chapter selections, which were notoriously absent previously, but notice that the new chapter divisions are "David Lynch approved"... There are now six chapters, four of which are in the last half hour (of a two and a half hour movie). They're only accessible from the menu (so you still can't skip ahead when the film is running, as you couldn't before), and the menu itself gives you absolutely no clue as to what the chapters actually are. So the main disc is really no more user-friendly than before. I think that's quite funny, but I wish I hadn't paid 14 quid to find out. As for the second disc of extras, the "making of" is not a documentary but just a lot of raw footage from the shoot and not very interesting, and the Cannes press conference isn't very illuminating either - not that I was expecting answers or explanations, but Lynch just looks bored and uncomfortable, and the rest of the cast just gush about how wonderful he is. Plus, the questions from the audience have been edited out, so the panel are replying to questions you haven't heard. The rest of the extras were already on the original release.

You DO get a booklet of the Mulholland Drive chapter from Lynch on Lynch, but that book is so good I'm guessing most Lynch fans - like me - have it already. For those who don't, but who do have Mulholland Drive from the previous release, spend your tenner on that book instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John O'Connor on 8 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
It is clear that, as with all Lynch films, Mulholland Drive is not for everyone. That said, if you enjoy surrealism, complexity and, ultimately, being challenged to think, then this is the film for you.
The film does have a storyline, it's just unclear at first (this is from someone who has now watched it 14 times), and it does require a lot of thought. Even if you don't know what the hell is going on (yes, that was me), it is clear when watching that, for one reason or another, this is an astounding film. I am not lying when I say that I finished watching the film for the first time at 1:30am and went straight back for a second viewing.
In my opinion, Mulholland Drive is a masterpiece, and ranks above even the greatest films (note Chinatown, Pulp Fiction etc, as well as other Lynch works). And even if you hate the film, you will definitely not forget it in a hurry.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 5 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My first introduction to Mulholland Drive came when my family went to see it. Upon their return I asked them what the film was about. Their response? 'You can't describe it'. So I went with a friend to the cinema to see for myself. The film was trully stunning and one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my life. But I could not understand what the Hell had just happened! We spent the next two hours walking through town, eventually sitting down by a basketball court with a couple of cokes trying to work out just what is supposed to have happened.

The film is incredible on so many levels; its unusual structure to the plot allows for many, otherswise impossible occurances like the creepy meeting in the coral with the 'Cowboy', the strange, crippled mobster and the eccentric, espresso loving gangsters, the 'monster' behind Winkies and many others. The best scenes in the film are the terrifying discovery in Diane Selwyn's house, the audtion for the singers (with the dream Camilla singing a cheesey 50s style lover song that makes me shiver now), the scene in the bedroom (hey, I'm only a man) and the shudderingly powerful part in Club Silencio.

The directing is unique and very innovative, the acting is outstanding, especially Naomi Watts (not since Al Pacino had an actor changed so subtely, so much in one film) and the plot (both before you understand it but even more so after) is amazing. Without doubt, the best film so far this millenium, I believe, that like Citizen Kane, Shawshank Redemption and others overlooked at the time, it will be remembered as a trully great film. Watch it, then watch it again, and again until you get it, trust me , it's worth it!
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