David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. is a film so tightly wound in mystery, that some shots, moments, or hell, entire characters, are bound to be ignored. Upon rewatching the film recently, I was struck by 13 specific things that never seem to gain much attention from viewers. I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Lynch’s beautiful dark twisted masterpiece, and be sure to tell me your favorite overlooked moments from the movie!
How stylized the title card road sign is.
How the other racing car doesn’t stop in the beginning. I mean seriously, what a bunch of assholes.
Robert Forster. Four lines. One stare. Perfection.
Naomi Watts’ very overt, very purposeful overacting in the beginning of the film.
The look of total adulation and satisfaction on the faces of the old people. That knee slap… fucking perfect. THAT’s how happy, old people act.
Justin Theroux blowing a smoke ring as he prepares to watch Camilla Rhodes’ audition.
The fact that Betty leaves the best career opportunity of her life to help solve a mystery that has nothing to do with her. Girl’s got priorities.
How much this shot evokes Bergman’s Persona.
How overexposed the entire film is, but particularly its night scenes.
The long, jittery, handheld push-in shot of Betty and Rita entering Silencio.
The very blurry soft focus, pulled sharply to hard focus as Diane furiously masturbates.
How Justin Theroux holds out his arms when the two women arrive at his home. A simple gesture that says so many different things.
The fact that this is easily the most complicated scene in the entire film. Where is Aunt Ruth? Indeed.