History Film / InlandEmpire

2nd Mar '16 1:29:43 AM jedidarrick
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---> '''Neighbor''': Is there a...murder...in your film? \\

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---> --> '''Neighbor''': Is there a...murder...in your film? \\
2nd Mar '16 1:29:08 AM jedidarrick
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--->'''Nikki''': Are you enjoying yourself, Freddie?\\

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--->'''Nikki''': -->'''Nikki''': Are you enjoying yourself, Freddie?\\
23rd Mar '15 5:27:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShrugOfGod: David Lynch doesn't like to talk about his movies, and when asked about ''Inland Empire'', he replied that "it's about a woman in trouble and it's a mystery and that's all I want to say about it."



* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The film was written on a scene-by-scene basis, making for a rather surreal "story." The interview segments were apparently filmed first, with the rest of the film revolving loosely around them.
4th Oct '14 2:03:15 PM MarkLungo
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-->'' ''[=AXXoN=] N.'', the longest running radio play in history. Tonight, continuing in the Baltic Region, a gray winter day in an old hotel...''

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-->'' ->'' ''[=AXXoN=] N.'', the longest running radio play in history. Tonight, continuing in the Baltic Region, a gray winter day in an old hotel...''



* GainaxEnding: TheOtherWiki's description of the ending: "The concluding scene of the film takes place in Nikki's house, where she sits with many other people, among them LauraElenaHarring, Nastassja Kinski and Ben Harper. A one-legged woman who was mentioned in Sue's monologue looks around and says, 'Sweet!' Niko, the Japanese girl with a blonde wig and a monkey, is also present. The end credits roll over a group of women dancing and lip-synching to Nina Simone's ''Sinnerman'' while a lumberjack saws a log to the beat." So...yeah.

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* GainaxEnding: TheOtherWiki's description of the ending: "The concluding scene of the film takes place in Nikki's house, where she sits with many other people, among them LauraElenaHarring, Creator/LauraElenaHarring, Nastassja Kinski and Ben Harper. A one-legged woman who was mentioned in Sue's monologue looks around and says, 'Sweet!' Niko, the Japanese girl with a blonde wig and a monkey, is also present. The end credits roll over a group of women dancing and lip-synching to Nina Simone's ''Sinnerman'' 'Sinnerman' while a lumberjack saws a log to the beat." So...yeah.
3rd Sep '14 1:32:08 AM brianpansky
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "Were you, in fact, seeing another man?"
13th May '14 6:49:52 PM brianpansky
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Added DiffLines:

* AsYouKnow: During rehearsal, Devon's character Billy says this. He said some things last night. As you know. And he wants to apologize.
25th Apr '14 4:02:56 AM gfrequency
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** The ending has some towards ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and ''Film/MulhollandDrive''.

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** The ending has some towards ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and ''Film/MulhollandDrive''. (It supposedly shares a universe with both.)
17th Apr '14 3:49:04 PM MagBas
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** DavidLynch wrote it as he went, without knowing where he was going with it to see what would happen. As in, [[AwesomeButPractical he pretty much let his subconscious direct a movie.]] Naturally, the result is probably the closest a movie will ever come to emulating a dream.

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** DavidLynch wrote it as he went, without knowing where he was going with it to see what would happen. As in, [[AwesomeButPractical he pretty much let his subconscious direct a movie.]] movie. Naturally, the result is probably the closest a movie will ever come to emulating a dream.
17th Apr '14 12:14:29 PM SofaKingAC
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* BilingualDialogue: some dialogue is in Polish

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* BilingualDialogue: some Some dialogue is in Polish



** The conversation between the homeless black woman and the Asian girl is a reference to Lynch's short film ''Darkened Room''

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** The conversation between the homeless black woman and the Asian girl is a reference to Lynch's short film ''Darkened Room''Room''.



* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used very effectively

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used very effectivelyeffectively.



* DreamSequence: it's possible the nearly entire thing is inside Nikki's head.
** DavidLynch wrote it as he went, without knowing where he was going with it to see what would happen. As in, [[AwesomeYetPractical he pretty much let his subconscious direct a movie.]] Naturally, the result is probably the closest a movie will ever come to emulating a dream.
* DroneOfDread: A majority of the movies score, with the exception of some [[SoundtrackDissonance weird]] choices, and in one case a ScareChord manages to hang around through half of Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Black Tambourine''.

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* DreamSequence: it's It's possible the nearly entire thing is inside Nikki's head.
** DavidLynch wrote it as he went, without knowing where he was going with it to see what would happen. As in, [[AwesomeYetPractical [[AwesomeButPractical he pretty much let his subconscious direct a movie.]] Naturally, the result is probably the closest a movie will ever come to emulating a dream.
* * DroneOfDread: A majority of the movies movie's score, with the exception of some [[SoundtrackDissonance weird]] choices, and in one case a ScareChord manages to hang around through half of Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Black Tambourine''.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters:A very strange example, considering that it's practically impossible to tell which of those characters are real and which are not, and several actors play visually identical, yet separate characters.
* LostInCharacter: Happens to Nikki at several ocasions, it's hard to tell which scenes are real and which are parts of the film within a film.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters:A LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: A very strange example, considering that it's practically impossible to tell which of those characters are real and which are not, and several actors play visually identical, yet separate characters.
* LostInCharacter: Happens to Nikki at on several ocasions, occasions, it's hard to tell which scenes are real and which are parts of the film within a film.



* ManlyTears: the wealthy Polish character played by the same actor as The Phantom has these in one scene. It's implied that [[spoiler:he's just killed his wife's lover (Nikki and Sue's husbands in the American segments).]]

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* ManlyTears: the The wealthy Polish character played by the same actor as The Phantom has these in one scene. It's implied that [[spoiler:he's just killed his wife's lover (Nikki and Sue's husbands in the American segments).]]



* NightmareFace: Ripe with UncannyValley.([[spoiler:Immediately followed by another one that looks like a fetus bleeding from the mouth.]]) The rest of the film does this to several characters with lighting tricks.

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* NightmareFace: Ripe Rife with UncannyValley.([[spoiler:Immediately followed by another one that looks like a fetus bleeding from the mouth.]]) The rest of the film does this to several characters with lighting tricks.



* SelfParody: Many have suggested that this film has elements of SelfParody to it. Given that the film is completely [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible messed up]] it would be hard to seperate parodying elements from others, but some moments do seem ''ridiculously'' Lynchian, such as the ''Locomotion'' scene. This of course doesn't diminish the film being terrifying [[NothingIsScarier beyond]] [[MindScrew all reason.]]
** The Barbecue scene....just....what

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* SelfParody: Many have suggested that this film has elements of SelfParody to it. Given that the film is completely [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible messed up]] it would be hard to seperate separate parodying elements from others, but some moments do seem ''ridiculously'' Lynchian, such as the ''Locomotion'' scene. This of course doesn't diminish the film being terrifying [[NothingIsScarier beyond]] [[MindScrew all reason.]]
** The Barbecue scene....just....whatwhat?



* ShoutOut: to ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', one of Lynch's favorite films.
* ShowWithinAShow: the three rabbits sitcom [[spoiler: Susan's story is zig zagged like a motherfucker.]]

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* ShoutOut: to To ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', one of Lynch's favorite films.
* ShowWithinAShow: the The three rabbits sitcom [[spoiler: Susan's story is zig zagged like a motherfucker.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', and ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''

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* SpiritualSuccessor: to To ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', and ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''
23rd Nov '13 9:42:08 PM JIKTV
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** [[spoiler: The second twisted face that shows up in the climax is reminiscent of [[{{Eraserhead}} Henry's baby.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: The second twisted face that shows up in the climax is reminiscent of [[{{Eraserhead}} [[Film/{{Eraserhead}} Henry's baby.]]]]



* MindScrew: ''And '''HOW!''''' It's ''[[SerialEscalation above and beyond Eraserhead]]''

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* MindScrew: ''And '''HOW!''''' It's ''[[SerialEscalation above and beyond Eraserhead]]''[=Eraserhead=]]]''



* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''MulhollandDrive'', and ''{{Eraserhead}}''

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* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''MulhollandDrive'', ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', and ''{{Eraserhead}}''''Film/{{Eraserhead}}''
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