History Film / MulhollandDrive

15th Dec '17 2:16:36 PM jamespolk
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* ThePlace: It's somewhere in California.



* ProsceniumReveal: In the Club Silencio sequence, Rebekah Del Rio collapses during her performance of "Llorando" yet we continue to hear her singing, which causes Betty and Rita (and the viewers) to realize she had been lip syncing.
6th Dec '17 5:06:54 PM eroock
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* RevealShot: Used twice.
** First during the kitchen rehearsal when the [[CloseupOnHead zoom-out from Rita's face]] reveals her to recite lines from a script.
** Happens again in the form of an OnASoundstageAllAlong, where the scene cuts to a singer performing the song "16 Reasons Why I Love You" which upon zoom-out is revealed to be part of an audition on a soundstage.


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* TrickDialogue: During the kitchen rehearsal when the [[CloseupOnHead zoom-out from Rita's face]] reveals her to recite lines from a script.
6th Dec '17 2:57:10 PM eroock
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* [[CheatingWithTheMilkman Cheating with the Poolman]]: Returning home early, Adam find his wife in bed with the poolman.



* YourCheatingHeart: Returning home early, Adam find his wife in bed with the poolman.
28th Nov '17 12:42:21 PM eroock
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Played with. When Betty enters the set, she and Adam lock eyes and the camera zooms in on their faces. Nothing comes of this situation though.
2nd Nov '17 11:54:18 AM eroock
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** Then inverted by Betty, who gives an amazing performance

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** Then inverted by Betty, who [[SheReallyCanAct gives an amazing performanceperformance]].
10th Oct '17 7:38:11 PM octobersanctuary
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* GainaxEnding: Although the whole movie is very surreal, the entire second part (starting when [[spoiler:the blue box is opened]]) can be considered this since it [[spoiler:suddenly portrays an alternate version of the story where everything and everyone is different]]. Even that ends very abruptly with [[spoiler: [[EvilOldFolk strange monster versions]] of Betty's traveling companions from the start of the film tormenting Diane, causing her to shoot herself]].

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* GainaxEnding: Although the whole movie is very surreal, the entire second part (starting when [[spoiler:the blue box is opened]]) can be considered this since it [[spoiler:suddenly portrays an alternate version of the story where everything and everyone is different]]. Even that ends very abruptly with [[spoiler: [[EvilOldFolk [[EvilOldFolks strange monster versions]] of Betty's traveling companions from the start of the film tormenting Diane, causing her to shoot herself]].
10th Oct '17 7:35:08 PM octobersanctuary
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* GainaxEnding: Although the whole movie is very surreal, the entire second part (starting when [[spoiler:the blue box is opened]]) can be considered this since it [[spoiler:suddenly portrays an alternate version of the story where everything and everyone is different]]. Even that ends very abruptly with [[spoiler:strange monster versions of her aunt and the elderly man being sent to scream at the protagonist, causing her to shoot herself]].

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* GainaxEnding: Although the whole movie is very surreal, the entire second part (starting when [[spoiler:the blue box is opened]]) can be considered this since it [[spoiler:suddenly portrays an alternate version of the story where everything and everyone is different]]. Even that ends very abruptly with [[spoiler:strange [[spoiler: [[EvilOldFolk strange monster versions versions]] of her aunt and Betty's traveling companions from the elderly man being sent to scream at start of the protagonist, film tormenting Diane, causing her to shoot herself]].



* ImpliedDeathThreat: "You will see me one more time if you do good. You will see me two more times if you do bad."
** 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.]]



* MarySue: An InUniverse example, Betty, who is Rita's fantasy.

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* MarySue: An InUniverse example, Betty, who is Rita's fantasy.Betty. [[spoiler:Who may or may not be an idealized version of Diane]].



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

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* {{Mockspiracy}}: [[spoiler:According to the most popular interpretation, the [[spoiler:The omniscient Hollywood conspiracy involving mafia, men on black limos, and a mysterious wheelchair-bound kingpin Mr. Roque was just a dream fantasy of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who attempted to reimagine her life in a positive light.Selwyn ... ''possibly''.]]
* 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, clarifies very little, and the story gets takes 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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* MysteriousPast: Rita. [[spoiler:It was never resolved... at least not when it could make sense to be.]][[spoiler:This is resolved in the second half of the film... ''possibly.'']]



* OnceMoreWithClarity: The phone call chain early on which ends in an unknown dark room lid by a red lamp shade. Later we learn that this is [[spoiler:Diane's place as we see her answer the call.]]

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: The phone call chain early on on, which starts with Mr. Roque and ends in an unknown dark room lid by a red lamp shade. Later we learn that this is [[spoiler:Diane's place as bedroom when we see her answer the a different call.]]



* 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 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 May or may not be the hobo or the cowboy or the magician.magician [[spoiler:or Diane]]



* SanitySlippage: All it took to send Diane over the edge was some knocking on the door.

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* SanitySlippage: All it took to send Diane over becomes the edge was some knocking on the door.victim of this.



* 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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* 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.]]''Possibly''.



* VanInBlack: In certain intervals we see TheMenInBlack in a sedan drive around Havenhurst and Sierra Bonita, adding to the theme of paranoia expressed in Diane's dream.

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* VanInBlack: In certain intervals we see TheMenInBlack in a sedan drive around Havenhurst and Sierra Bonita, adding to the theme of paranoia expressed in Diane's dream.the first half of the film.
23rd Sep '17 11:44:03 PM SinNanna
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* DroneOfDread: The soundtrack is about two thirds this and one third dissonant 50's music. Something of a CreatorThumbprint for Lynch.
23rd Sep '17 7:17:51 AM crashkey
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* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe example with the dubious figure of Mr. Roque, who is working entirely behind the scenes, exerting his power through the Castigliane brothers ("This is no longer your film").

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* ExecutiveMeddling: In-universe example with the dubious figure of Mr. Roque, who is working entirely behind the scenes, exerting his power through the Castigliane brothers ("This is no longer your film"). It's one of the main themes of the first of the movie's two parts, portraying Hollywood as an outright conspiracy/gang that enforces arbitrary decisions onto directors for unexplained reasons.



%%* GainaxEnding: Puzzling.

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%%* * GainaxEnding: Puzzling.Although the whole movie is very surreal, the entire second part (starting when [[spoiler:the blue box is opened]]) can be considered this since it [[spoiler:suddenly portrays an alternate version of the story where everything and everyone is different]]. Even that ends very abruptly with [[spoiler:strange monster versions of her aunt and the elderly man being sent to scream at the protagonist, causing her to shoot herself]].
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.]] ]]
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