David Lynch: 10 Reasons ‘Mulholland Drive’ Is An Underrated Classic

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‘Mulholland Drive’ is receiving a 4k restoration, so in honor of the David Lynch film,1428 Elm takes a look back at ten reasons why the 2001 film’s an underrated classic.

‘Mulholland Drive’ – Courtesy of Studiocanal

David Lynch is no stranger to the darker and the weirder side of life. One only needs to look at his IMDB filmography to sense his offbeat perspective. With films like EraserheadBlue Velvet, and my personal favorite, Lost Highway, on his resume, he’s clearly a director with a vision and style like no other.

According to Dread Central, Mulholland Drive’s 4k restoration “will be getting a Blu-ray release on May 22nd via Studiocanal.” In preparation, I decided to take a drive down that windy venue known as Mulholland and bring back ten reasons the film is massively underrated.

– Courtesy of Les Films Alain Sarde
OPENING SEQUENCE 

Let me just say this reminded me of a deleted scene from an alternate reality version of La La Land. We get shots of various couples doing the jitterbug to a dreamy ’50s song in front of a purple screen. Suddenly, Naomi Watts appears as a heavenly vision bathed in an intense white light reminiscent of Eraserhead. If this is heaven, everything is fine.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE AS A STORYTELLING DEVICE

This is a landmark in Los Angeles. It’s a winding road that weaves through the posh Hollywood Hills tying various areas of the city together. Much like this story, which twists and turns through different people’s lives intertwining them.

WIZARD OF OZ REFERENCE 

One of the prominent locations in this movie is Winkie’s. Fans of The Wizard of Oz will recognize this as a subtle nod to the Western region of the “Land of Oz”.

However, this particular Winkie’s is a diner where several of the characters frequent. We are introduced to the man behind the establishment. Get the correlation? Remember, this is Lynch Land and nothing is ever what it seems. So, when we finally meet the man behind the curtain, be prepared. It is creepy and it is scary.

MICHAEL J. ANDERSON (THE MAN FROM ANOTHER PLACE IN ‘Twin Peaks’)

Yes, he is still inhabiting a barely furnished room but this time it isn’t “The Black Lodge”. In this movie, his character is a gangster but more like a thinly disguised version of the “Fates of Greek” mythology. He is responsible for the destinies of the characters which is truly frightening.

CAMEOS OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD STARS

Much like Tarantino who raised the profile of stars that were languishing in the career doldrums (think John Travolta), Lynch also manages to incorporate musical star, the late Ann Miller, Lee Grant of Omen II and Shampoo fame, Robert Forster of Maniac Cop III and Jackie Brown and the late Chad Everett of Medical Center into his dream world.

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