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The set of reels that was distributed to the movie theaters included a computer-written, photocopied note from David Lynch himself giving special instructions to the projectionists worldwide. Specifically, he didn't want the movie to be centered vertically on the screen but rather to "allow more overhead" as the term in projectionist's slang, that is to let the top part of the frame be more visible than the bottom part. This is because the film was originally made for TV, with an aspect ratio of 1:1.78 (or 16:9) in mind - without the projectionists' manual correction, the aspect ratio of the theatrical release (1:1.85) would have resulted in heads being cut off at the top of the silver screen. Lynch also asked to raise the volume of the theater's sound system by two decibels when the film was playing. The note ended with the words "Your friend, David Lynch". See more »
The Sony-brand telephone that Betty and Rita use to call Diane Selwyn has separate buttons for 'on' and 'off' functions. However, Betty presses the 'on' button to turn the phone off following the call. See more »
We all love to have our minds toyed with but sitting through a David Lynch film is like having your brain removed entirely. This film is no different as it proves that Lynch (Next to Bunuel) is a master surealist film maker.
The film sees a young girl known only as Rita trying to remember who she is. The whole "girl with amnesia" plot make a lot of sense until about 3/5 of the way through the film when something that can only be described as a Lynchian Pandora's Box is opened. We are then tormented with a demonic homeless man, a mysterious Spanish play house and shrunken people before it all finishes in very dramatic, surreal David Lynch fashion.
This film is perfect. There is no other way to describe such a great piece of work. It is flawless because it is helmed by a man that knows everything about his craft and is not afraid to show it off. This sort of film has been sorely missed since his last outing, Lost Highway, in 1996. It's good to see Lynch at his old game and lets just hope in future that he produces more gems just like this.
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