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At the time of his most recent feature-length release, David Lynch had just turned 60. For his polarizing, mind-bending epic (descriptors that could be applied to a sizable portion of Lynch's filmography) "Inland Empire," the director turned to digital video as a way to tell his story. It's the kind of late-career switch from film that has since or will soon befall many of Lynch's peers. Still, it's the ways that some limits-pushing filmmakers chose to adapt their digital debuts, even after a significant body of work, that define their transitions to newer technology. One of the helpful ways to approach what can easily come across as a moldless narrative jumble is to realize that "Inland Empire" is, in many ways, an extension of Lynch's output from the decades before it. The film features a laundry list of thematic and visible hallmarks, not the least of which is the Hollywood backdrop »


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