Monday, December 15, 2008

Mullholland Drive and Republic Book X

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is a masterpiece. A lot of people disagree, but they are wrong.

I recently posted an excerpt from The Republic Book X, but the important part is this:
the tragic poet is an imitator

David Lynch recognizes that he is creating illusions, which in turn create emotions in audience. There's no truth there. Furthermore, he's in complete control of the illusion, and in turn the emotional experience of the audience. A good analysis of his oeuvre would reveal this idea running throughout, but there's a scene in Mulholland Drive that makes it all clear. For most people it is one of the strangest scenes in the movie, but it brings the entire film and indeed all of his work into focus.

1 comment:

George Pal said...

Lynch’s movies have never impressed me all that much. Watching them was like watching a stage magician who’s juiced up the patois, substituted a dwarf for the pretty stage assistant, and who’s presentation was a studied out of kilter, all for the sake of doubling the distraction. But then came the final trick, the pièce de résistance. Agreed, ‘Mulholland Dr.” is a masterpiece. A mesmerizing masterpiece.

PS: A minor point. It is Mulholland Dr. (not Drive).

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