After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. Written by
[laying on the ground with his throat slashed to Fred and the Mystery Man]
[gagging from his bloody throat]
What do you guys want?
[the Mystery Man pulls out a hand-held Watchman TV and gives it to Mr. Eddy who looks on it to see an interior of Andy's house at night with with Mr. Eddy and Renee watching a snuff-porno film while fondling each other beside the projector. The image suddenly changes back to Fred and the Mystery Man standing before him in the frame]
Now you can hand it back.
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...when Homer was sitting at his couch watching "Twin Peaks", during a scene where a man was waltzing with a horse under a tree with a traffic light swinging from a branch. The words "That's some damn good coffee you got here in Twin Peaks. And some damn good cherry pie" accompany this scene. Befuddled, Homer says "Brilliant! I have no idea of what's going on". This statement perfectly reflects how I felt about "Lost Highway"; I really liked the film, even if my reaction throughout was "what the f**k?". The trick to understanding a David Lynch film isn't to try and decipher each individual scene, but rather to try and find out what the 'message' of the film is, or what Lynch is trying to say, and see how this message fits in with each scene. This is what made "Lost Highway" so much fun. It's undeniably one of the most terminally wierd films I've ever seen (maybe even more so than Eraserhead), whether you get it or not, but it's so deliciously cryptic and bizarre that you can't stop watching. At the end, you'll wish Lynch was sitting beside you so you could ask him "what happened", but what you made of it is probably the right answer.
The one thing I thought was a little off with "Lost Highway" was it's overall 'MTV-ish' feel, with it's guest appearance from Marilyn Manson and it's soundtrack including Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails, at times I just thought that maybe Lynch was just making a really wierd video clip the MTV kids will eat up. Still, I rate this film an 8/10. Not Lynch's best, though (that'd be Blue Velvet, though I can't wait for Mulholland Drive").
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