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6th Sep '17 9:39:17 PM smasll_lordvoice
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* ProductionForeshadowing: Fast-forward 16 years, and many people have commented on the similarities between the [[HumanoidAbomination thing]] behind Winkie's and the [[spoiler: [[Series/TwinPeaks Woodsmen.]] ]]
4th Sep '17 7:56:17 AM JustTroper
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* {{Mockspiracy}}: [[spoiler:According to the most popular interpretation, the omniscient Hollywood conspiracy involving mafia, men on black limos, and a mysterious wheelchair-bound kingpin Mr. Roque was just a dream of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who attempted to reimagine her life in a positive light.]]
4th Aug '17 11:47:52 AM xcountryguy
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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Everything up until Rita opens the box. OrWasItADream]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. Creator/DavidLynch was kind enough to provide ten clues in the DVD's booklet, to help the viewer "unlock" the movie. This being David Lynch, most of them are pretty confusing in themselves--but some actually do help, like the one that tells you to pay attention to the details of the pre-credits sequence; and the one saying to pay attention to the two appearances of [[spoiler: the blue key]] in the film. Basically it points towards [[spoiler: AllJustADream]]. Sort of...
* AnachronicOrder: In the [[spoiler: real life]] sequence later in the movie, we see the blue key, which means that Brunette Camilla [[spoiler:has been killed]], but later scenes clearly take place before that moment.

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Everything [[spoiler:Everything up until Rita opens the box. OrWasItADream]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. Creator/DavidLynch was kind enough to provide ten clues in the DVD's booklet, to help the viewer "unlock" the movie. This being David Lynch, most of them are pretty confusing in themselves--but some actually do help, like the one that tells you to pay attention to the details of the pre-credits sequence; and the one saying to pay attention to the two appearances of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the blue key]] in the film. Basically it points towards [[spoiler: AllJustADream]].[[spoiler:AllJustADream]]. Sort of...
* AnachronicOrder: In the [[spoiler: real [[spoiler:real life]] sequence later in the movie, we see the blue key, which means that Brunette Camilla [[spoiler:has been killed]], but later scenes clearly take place before that moment.



* TheArtifact: This film began life as an ABC pilot, and was reworked by Lynch as a feature film after ABC rejected it. There are bit in the movie that never go anywhere, presumably because they would have been developed in the proposed series. Robert Forster appears in one scene as a detective investigating the car crash, and is never seen again. Neither is Mr. Roque after the shooting of Adam's movie was stopped.

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* TheArtifact: This film began life as an ABC pilot, and was reworked by Lynch as a feature film after ABC rejected it. There are bit bits in the movie that never go anywhere, presumably because they would have been developed in the proposed series. Robert Forster appears in one scene as a detective investigating the car crash, crash and is never seen again. Neither is Mr. Roque after the shooting of Adam's movie was stopped.



* BiTheWay: Camilla Rhodes, possibly also Diane Selwyn. [[spoiler: The "real" ones, that is.]]

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* BiTheWay: Camilla Rhodes, possibly also Diane Selwyn. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The "real" ones, that is.]]



* ButtMonkey / CosmicPlaything: Adam's day starts out bad, and quickly goes FromBadToWorse as it seems as though everyone and everything is conspiring against him.By the end, he's a broke man hiding out in a seedy motel in downtown Los Angeles.

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* ButtMonkey / CosmicPlaything: ButtMonkey: Adam's day starts out bad, and quickly goes FromBadToWorse as it seems as though everyone and everything is conspiring against him.By the end, he's a broke man hiding out in a seedy motel in downtown Los Angeles.



* ChekhovsGunman [[spoiler: A shorter term instance than most examples, but the MC at the Spanish stage show gives a lecture on TheTreacheryOfImages and WishFulfillment.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A shorter term instance than most examples, but the MC at the Spanish stage show gives a lecture on TheTreacheryOfImages and WishFulfillment.]]



* CoolOldLady: Coco. [[spoiler: At least in the first act.]]

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* CoolOldLady: Coco. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least in the first act.]]



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Near the end, [[spoiler: Diane Selwyn]] has this kind of date.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Near the end, [[spoiler: Diane [[spoiler:Diane Selwyn]] has this kind of date.



* DeadpanSnarker: Adam [[spoiler: in the first half]] becomes one as he tries to understand just what the hell is happening to him. By the end he's permanently trapped in SarcasmMode.
* DeusExScuseMe: The phone call that keeps the woman in #12 from joining Betty and Rita, so that they can enter #17 [[EnterStageWindow on their own terms]]. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the whole scene was "plotted" by Diane's subconscious.]]

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* DeadpanSnarker: Adam [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the first half]] becomes one as he tries to understand just what the hell is happening to him. By the end he's permanently trapped in SarcasmMode.
* DeusExScuseMe: The phone call that keeps the woman in #12 from joining Betty and Rita, so that they can enter #17 [[EnterStageWindow on their own terms]]. [[spoiler: [[JustifiedTrope [[spoiler:[[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as the whole scene was "plotted" by Diane's subconscious.]]



* DownerEnding: Excusing the mind screw elements, the film ends on a real massive downer no matter what interpretation. Though arguably also EsotericHappyEnding, as [[spoiler: Diane finally managed to silence her fear and guilt.]]

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* DownerEnding: Excusing the mind screw elements, the film ends on a real massive downer no matter what interpretation. Though arguably also EsotericHappyEnding, as [[spoiler: Diane [[spoiler:Diane finally managed to silence her fear and guilt.]]



* EmergingFromTheShadows: Mr. Roque.

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* %%* EmergingFromTheShadows: Mr. Roque.



* GainaxEnding: Puzzling.

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* %%* GainaxEnding: Puzzling.



** What's more, one can argue that in the movie's twisted universe it was a threat that eventually came true, as [[spoiler: the cowboy was shown exactly two times in connection with Betty/Diane before the latter ate the gun.]]

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** What's more, one can argue that in the movie's twisted universe it was a threat that eventually came true, as [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the cowboy was shown exactly two times in connection with Betty/Diane before the latter ate the gun.]]



* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Betty and Rita.

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* %%* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Betty and Rita.



* MysteriousPast: Rita. [[spoiler: It was never resolved... at least not when it could make sense to be.]]

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* MysteriousPast: Rita. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was never resolved... at least not when it could make sense to be.]]



* PsychoLesbian: [[spoiler: Diane Selwyn]].

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* PsychoLesbian: [[spoiler: Diane [[spoiler:Diane Selwyn]].



* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: Diane as Betty gets to re-imagine her life the way she wants it as part of a (dying?) dream.]] The real RealityWarper in the movie may or may not be the hobo or the cowboy or the magician.

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* RealityWarper: [[spoiler: Diane [[spoiler:Diane as Betty gets to re-imagine her life the way she wants it as part of a (dying?) dream.]] The real RealityWarper in the movie may or may not be the hobo or the cowboy or the magician.



* ScareChord: Go buy the soundtrack and listen to all of "Diner". [[SchmuckBait Make sure to wear headphones, and have them turned up all the way.]]
* SceneryCensor: During Rita's ShowerScene, the shower door is notably foggy from the moist. WordOfGod said they did it on purpose so Laura Harring's SexySilhouette won't appear much clearer as she's actually fully nude at that scene.

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* ScareChord: Go buy the soundtrack and listen to all of "Diner". [[SchmuckBait Make sure to wear headphones, and have them turned up all the way.]]
"Diner".
* SceneryCensor: During Rita's ShowerScene, the shower door is notably foggy from the moist.moisture. WordOfGod said they did it on purpose so Laura Harring's SexySilhouette won't appear much clearer as she's actually fully nude at that scene.



* SweaterGirl: Laney, the prostitute, is wearing a sweater ... and she seems to be freezing.

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* SweaterGirl: Laney, the prostitute, is wearing a sweater ... sweater and she seems to be freezing.



* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Up to debate, but the scene with [[spoiler: sudden appearance of already deceased Camilla at Diane's place]] as well as one directly leading to [[spoiler: Diane's suicide]] certainly qualify. RuleOfSymbolism also applies though.
* TitleDrop: designed as a ShoutOut to ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' - in both films there is no actual title card with one of the first shots simply showing a street marker. And then it gets mentioned as a place where something mysterious must take place... [[spoiler: and then again by Diane Selwyn, in OnceMoreWithClarity scene.]]
* TogetherInDeath: The last image of Betty and Rita cheering together, superimposed on the L.A. skyline, may symbolize a reunion in the afterlife. Or it may be just [[spoiler: the dying dream of Diane Selwyn.]]

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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Up to debate, but the scene with [[spoiler: sudden [[spoiler:sudden appearance of already deceased Camilla at Diane's place]] as well as one directly leading to [[spoiler: Diane's [[spoiler:Diane's suicide]] certainly qualify. RuleOfSymbolism also applies though.
* TitleDrop: designed as a ShoutOut to ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' - in both films there is no actual title card with one of the first shots simply showing a street marker. And then it gets mentioned as a place where something mysterious must take place... [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and then again by Diane Selwyn, in OnceMoreWithClarity scene.]]
* TogetherInDeath: The last image of Betty and Rita cheering together, superimposed on the L.A. skyline, may symbolize a reunion in the afterlife. Or it may be just [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the dying dream of Diane Selwyn.]]



* TheUnsolvedMystery: Just like many other movies by David Lynch. [[spoiler: We DO actually learn the true identity of Rita, but it doesn't help things in any way.]]

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* TheUnsolvedMystery: Just like many other movies by David Lynch. [[spoiler: We [[spoiler:We DO actually learn the true identity of Rita, but it doesn't help things in any way.]]
30th Jul '17 3:46:01 AM SorPepita
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* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. Creator/DavidLynch was kind enough to provide ten clues in the DVD's booklet, to help the viewer "unlock" the movie. This being David Lynch, most of them are pretty confusing in themselves--but some actually do help, like the one that tells you to pay attention to the details of the pre-credits sequence; and the one saying to pay attention to the two appearances of [[spoiler: the blue key]] in the film. Basically it points towards [[spoiler: AllJustADream]]. Sort of....

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* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. Creator/DavidLynch was kind enough to provide ten clues in the DVD's booklet, to help the viewer "unlock" the movie. This being David Lynch, most of them are pretty confusing in themselves--but some actually do help, like the one that tells you to pay attention to the details of the pre-credits sequence; and the one saying to pay attention to the two appearances of [[spoiler: the blue key]] in the film. Basically it points towards [[spoiler: AllJustADream]]. Sort of....of...



* DaylightHorror: The "man behind Winkies" scene is somehow made even more disturbing by the fact that it happens in broad daylight.

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* DaylightHorror: The "man behind Winkies" Winkie's" scene is somehow made even more disturbing by the fact that it happens in broad daylight.



* MocksteryTale: It starts as a quintessential mystery movie involving an amnesiac FemmeFatale Rita in Los Angeles, a young enthusiastic actress Betty trying to help her, a mafia syndicate, a hitman after a mysterious black book, etc. However, Betty and Rita's investigation doesn't really clarify anything, and the story gets a really surreal turn from a certain point... [[spoiler:According to a popular interpretation, the whole complicated mystery plot was a dream of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who reimagines the events of her life in a more favorable light (Betty is her alter ego). ]]

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* MocksteryTale: It starts as a quintessential mystery movie involving an amnesiac FemmeFatale Rita in Los Angeles, a young enthusiastic actress Betty trying to help her, a mafia syndicate, a hitman after a mysterious black book, etc. However, Betty and Rita's investigation doesn't really clarify anything, and the story gets a really surreal turn from a certain point... [[spoiler:According to a popular interpretation, the whole complicated mystery plot was a dream of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who reimagines the events of her life in a more favorable light (Betty is her alter ego). ]]
13th Jul '17 5:07:35 PM benda
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* SilentCredits: Except for some deep noise.

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* SilentCredits: Except for some deep noise. [[JustifiedTrope Makes sense]], as the last line in the film says "Silencio." (Spanish for "silence")
13th Jul '17 3:53:39 PM eroock
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* ShotReverseShot: This technique is prominently featured during the conversation at Winkies between Dan and Herb.



* SilentCredits: Except for some deep noise.



* SilentCredits: Except for some deep noise.
12th Jul '17 11:06:14 AM Rik-B
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* SilentCredits: Except for some deep noise.
25th Jun '17 4:24:38 PM benda
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** What's more, one can argue that in the movie's twisted universe it was a threat that eventually came true, as [[spoiler: the cowboy was shown exactly two times in connection with Betty/Diane before the latter ate the gun.]]
23rd Jun '17 9:04:58 AM Folamh3
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* ImpliedDeathThreat: "You will see me one more time if you do good. You will see me two more times if you do bad."
19th May '17 10:35:58 AM CantNotLookAtThisSite
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* IfYouCanReadThis: On Blu-Ray versions you can see that the script Rita reads from during the kitchen rehearsal is actually [[http://www.mulholland-drive.net/pics/studies/script_large.jpg a page]] from the script to Mulholland Dr.

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* IfYouCanReadThis: On Blu-Ray versions you can see that the script Rita reads from during the kitchen rehearsal is actually [[http://www.mulholland-drive.net/pics/studies/script_large.[[http://i.imgur.com/E1VFB7w.jpg a page]] from the script to Mulholland Dr.
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