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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Everything up until Rita opens the box. OrWasItADream]]

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:Everything up until Rita opens the box. OrWasItADream]]Maybe.]]



* 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]].[[spoiler:the first part being a dream]]. Sort of...



* ArcWords: 'This is the girl'

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* ArcWords: 'This is the girl'girl.'



* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Diane/Betty - and probably Camilla/Rita, though the latter was [[BiTheWay bisexual]].]]

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* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Diane/Betty - and probably Camilla/Rita, though the latter was [[BiTheWay bisexual]].]]



* 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 shorter term instance than most examples, but the MC at the Spanish stage show gives a lecture on TheTreacheryOfImages false images and WishFulfillment.wish fulfillment.]]



* 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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* 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]], [[spoiler:Justified, as the whole scene was "plotted" by Diane's subconscious.]]



* 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: [[EvilOldFolks 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: [[EvilOldFolks strange monster versions]] versions of Betty's traveling companions from the start of the film tormenting Diane, causing her to shoot herself]].



* HollywoodCalifornia: After all, the subtitle describes the film as "a love story in the city of dreams".

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* HollywoodCalifornia: After all, the subtitle describes the film as "a love story in the city of dreams".dreams."



* HumanoidAbomination: The man behind Winkie's. And the EvilOldFolks. And the Cowboy too ([[MindScrew maybe?]])

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* HumanoidAbomination: The man behind Winkie's. And the EvilOldFolks. And the Cowboy too ([[MindScrew maybe?]])maybe?]]).



* 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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* 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.Woodsmen from ''Twin Peaks''.]] ]]



* RedHerringTwist: The whole movie is composed of those. The first half of it has several seemingly unrelated storylines, implying that eventually they will tie together somehow; in the second half, they are either completely dropped (like the mafia kingpin Mr. Roque) or used in unexpected, [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] way (like the hitman Joe and his black book). [[spoiler:Possibly explained by the fact that the whole first part of the movie was the protagonist's dream... [[OrWasItADream or was it?]]]]

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* RedHerringTwist: The whole movie is composed of those. The first half of it has several seemingly unrelated storylines, implying that eventually they will tie together somehow; in the second half, they are either completely dropped (like the mafia kingpin Mr. Roque) or used in unexpected, [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] way (like the hitman Joe and his black book). [[spoiler:Possibly explained by the fact that the whole first part of the movie was the protagonist's dream... [[OrWasItADream or was it?]]]]it?]]



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

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



* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Due to the fact that the movie started as a TV series pilot, the whole first part of the movie is a collection of shaggy dog stories, full of premises that end with nothing. Betty getting her movie role and ShipTease between her and Adam Kesher, Rita's amnesia and Nancy Drew-style investigation of her mysterious past, Kesher's misadventures involving mafia and the Cowboy...]]

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* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Due to the fact that the movie started as a TV series pilot, the whole first part of the movie is a collection of shaggy dog stories, full of premises that end with nothing. Betty getting her movie role and ShipTease moment between her and Adam Kesher, Rita's amnesia and Nancy Drew-style investigation of her mysterious past, Kesher's misadventures involving the mafia and the Cowboy...]]



* TitleDrop: Mulholland Drive gets mentioned as a place where something mysterious must take place... [[spoiler:and then again by Diane Selwyn, in OnceMoreWithClarity scene.]]

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* TitleDrop: Mulholland Drive gets mentioned as a place where something mysterious must take place... [[spoiler:and then again by Diane Selwyn, in OnceMoreWithClarity scene.the "real world" version.]]



* TranslatedCoverVersion: The movie features Rebekah Del Rio performing an admittedly unrecognizable [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrC3Bf-CvHU Spanish a capella rendition]] of Roy Orbison's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdBLBleO90 "Crying"]].

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* TranslatedCoverVersion: The movie features Rebekah Del Rio performing an admittedly unrecognizable [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrC3Bf-CvHU Spanish a capella rendition]] of Roy Orbison's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdBLBleO90 "Crying"]]."Crying."]]



* WorldOfMysteries: [[MysticalHollywood This movie's version of Hollywood is this]]: it has mafia, mysterious MenInBlack on limos, an enigmatic phone call chain involving unspecified people from different parts of LA, weird {{McGuffin}}s like a strangely shaped blue key and a black book with phone numbers, supernatural entities like the AmbiguouslyHuman Cowboy and a creepy bum living in the backyard of a diner, and much more... [[spoiler: Probably subverted, since the ending implies that it was AllJustADream of a failed actress who ordered a hit on her successful friend and lover out of envy and jealousy, and the overall feel of mystery and paranoia is due to her subconscious feel of guilt and fear of being caught. OrWasItADream]]

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* WorldOfMysteries: [[MysticalHollywood This movie's version of Hollywood is this]]: it has mafia, mysterious MenInBlack on limos, an enigmatic phone call chain involving unspecified people from different parts of LA, weird {{McGuffin}}s like a strangely shaped blue key and a black book with phone numbers, supernatural entities like the AmbiguouslyHuman Cowboy and a creepy bum living in the backyard of a diner, and much more... [[spoiler: Probably subverted, since the ending implies that it was AllJustADream a dream of a failed actress who ordered a hit on her successful friend and lover out of envy and jealousy, and the overall feel of mystery and paranoia is due to her subconscious feel of guilt and fear of being caught. OrWasItADream]]Then again, maybe not.]]


* 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.

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* 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.


* OminousKnocking: Heard at the end, when Diane sits alone in the dark of her apartment and gets startled by sudden knocking on the front door [[spoiler:which culminates in a nightmare sequence]]. Watch the scene [[https://youtu.be/mzRgkD4l7Xs?t=104 here]] (major spoiler alert).

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* OminousKnocking: Heard at the end, when Diane sits alone in the dark of her apartment and gets startled by sudden knocking on the front door [[spoiler:which culminates in a nightmare sequence]]. Watch the scene [[https://youtu.be/mzRgkD4l7Xs?t=104 here]] (major spoiler alert).

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* OminousKnocking: Heard at the end, when Diane sits alone in the dark of her apartment and gets startled by sudden knocking on the front door [[spoiler:which culminates in a nightmare sequence]]. Watch the scene [[https://youtu.be/mzRgkD4l7Xs?t=104 here]] (major spoiler alert).


* {{Fanservice}}: Rita and Betty have a fairly explicit sex scene about halfway through.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Rita and Betty have a fairly explicit sex scene about halfway through.[[note]]If you want to call a few kisses a "fairly explicit sex scene" at all.[[/note]]


* BlatantLies: The hit man telling a watching janitor that his heavyset victim is hurt bad, and he wants to call an ambulance for her, while she's ''violently struggling in his arms.''

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* BlatantLies: The hit man hitman telling a watching janitor that his heavyset victim is hurt bad, and he wants to call an ambulance for her, while she's ''violently struggling in his arms.''



* BodyHorror: Mr. Roque, with his bizarrely shrunken head on top of his normal sized body, is a slightly more subdued example.

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* BodyHorror: Mr. Roque, with his bizarrely shrunken head on top of his normal sized normal-sized body, is a slightly more subdued example.



** Adam Kesher and Diane's roommate from the dream appear in real life as themselves, but all the other call backs involve people from the dream showing up in real life as a different person. "Camilla Rhodes", the character from the first part of the movie who steals a part from Betty thanks to the Mafia, appears in the real life part as an unnamed character who seems to have stolen Real Camilla's affections, at least her lesbian affections.
** The ArcWords "This is the girl" are, in the dream, what Adam is told to say as the signal that he's giving in and casting Camilla Rhodes in the movie. In real life they're the words that Diane says to the hit man as she hands over Real Camilla's publicity photo.

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** Adam Kesher and Diane's roommate from the dream appear in real life as themselves, but all the other call backs callbacks involve people from the dream showing up in real life as a different person. "Camilla Rhodes", the character from the first part of the movie who steals a part from Betty thanks to the Mafia, appears in the real life real-life part as an unnamed character who seems to have stolen Real Camilla's affections, at least her lesbian affections.
** The ArcWords "This is the girl" are, in the dream, what Adam is told to say as the signal that he's giving in and casting Camilla Rhodes in the movie. In real life they're the words that Diane says to the hit man hitman as she hands over Real Camilla's publicity photo.



** Some things in the dream are taken from entirely trivial things in the "real life" part of the movie. The Cowboy, who is such an ominous, scary character in the first part, is only briefly glimpsed in the second part as a guest at Adam's party. In the first part the hit man kills his buddy over a book on the buddy's desk that is apparently very important; in the second part the book is simply sitting on the table at the diner next to the hit man, and it has nothing to do with anything.

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** Some things in the dream are taken from entirely trivial things in the "real life" part of the movie. The Cowboy, who is such an ominous, scary character in the first part, is only briefly glimpsed in the second part as a guest at Adam's party. In the first part part, the hit man hitman kills his buddy over a book on the buddy's desk that is apparently very important; in the second part the book is simply sitting on the table at the diner next to the hit man, and it has nothing to do with anything.



* [[CheatingWithTheMilkman Cheating with the Poolman]]: Returning home early, Adam find his wife in bed with the poolman.

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* [[CheatingWithTheMilkman Cheating with the Poolman]]: Returning home early, Adam find finds his wife in bed with the poolman.



* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Comically averted when Joe accidental pulls the trigger on Ed's gun and the bullets passes through the wall to hit the fat lady in the next room.

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* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Comically averted when Joe accidental pulls the trigger on Ed's gun and the bullets bullet passes through the wall to hit the fat lady in the next room.



* CrimeAfterCrime: Played for laughs with Joe, the inept hitman. After the gun accidentally goes off and hits the heavyset woman, he has to go through quite some trouble (and a body-count of 2) in order to cover up that mistake.

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* CrimeAfterCrime: Played for laughs with Joe, the inept hitman. After the gun accidentally goes off and hits the heavyset woman, he has to go through quite some trouble (and a body-count body count of 2) in order to cover up that mistake.



* FilmNoir: The film could be called an homage to the genre. For example the character of Betty Elms is clearly inspired by many of Hitchcock's noir heroines. She even wears a dress suit that looks exactly like the one worn by Kim Novak in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. The poster of ''Film/{{Gilda}}'' starring Rita Hayworth is briefly shown, which is where Laura Harring's character draws her chosen name from.

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* FilmNoir: The film could be called an homage to the genre. For example example, the character of Betty Elms is clearly inspired by many of Hitchcock's noir heroines. She even wears a dress suit that looks exactly like the one worn by Kim Novak in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}''. The poster of ''Film/{{Gilda}}'' starring Rita Hayworth is briefly shown, which is where Laura Harring's character draws her chosen name from.



* NoBrows: The Cowboy's creepiness is amplified by his lack of eye brows.

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* NoBrows: The Cowboy's creepiness is amplified by his lack of eye brows.eyebrows.



* NothingIsScarier: A Lynch trademark, exemplified in the "man behind Winkies" scene. Almost five minutes of low-key, almost hushed conversation as build-up, then the two men leave the diner, with both of them (and the audience) terrified of what they might find behind the restaraunt as the camera creeeeeeeeeeeeps towards the wall, and then, ''[[JumpScare BOOM.]]''

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* NothingIsScarier: A Lynch trademark, exemplified in the "man behind Winkies" scene. Almost five minutes of low-key, almost hushed conversation as build-up, then the two men leave the diner, with both of them (and the audience) terrified of what they might find behind the restaraunt restaurant as the camera creeeeeeeeeeeeps towards the wall, and then, ''[[JumpScare BOOM.]]''


* HumanoidAbomination: The man behind Winkie's. And the EvilOldFolks.

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* HumanoidAbomination: The man behind Winkie's. And the EvilOldFolks. And the Cowboy too ([[MindScrew maybe?]])

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It also [[SimilarlyNamedWorks has nothing to do]] with the 1996 film ''Film/MulhollandFalls''.


* MysticalHollywood: This movie's version of Hollywood is controlled by shady masterminds like a wheelchair-bound kingpin Mr. Roque and the mysterious Cowboy who are implied to be supernatural entities. [[spoiler:According to the most popular interpretation, the first part of the movie is the dream of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who invented a supernatural conspiracy in her mind as a reason for her failure.]]


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* WorldOfMysteries: [[MysticalHollywood This movie's version of Hollywood is this]]: it has mafia, mysterious MenInBlack on limos, an enigmatic phone call chain involving unspecified people from different parts of LA, weird {{McGuffin}}s like a strangely shaped blue key and a black book with phone numbers, supernatural entities like the AmbiguouslyHuman Cowboy and a creepy bum living in the backyard of a diner, and much more... [[spoiler: Probably subverted, since the ending implies that it was AllJustADream of a failed actress who ordered a hit on her successful friend and lover out of envy and jealousy, and the overall feel of mystery and paranoia is due to her subconscious feel of guilt and fear of being caught. OrWasItADream]]


* TheCameo: Robert Forster as Detective [=McKnight=] and Dan Hedaya as Vincenzo Castigliane. Considering that the film was originally developed as a television pilot, both actors were intended to have more screen time; there's even some deleted footage with Forster still available online. Due to ExecutiveMeddling however, the series was paired down to a two and a half hour movie and all but one of their respective scenes were cut.

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* TheCameo: Robert Forster as Detective [=McKnight=] and Dan Hedaya Creator/DanHedaya as Vincenzo Castigliane. Considering that the film was originally developed as a television pilot, both actors were intended to have more screen time; there's even some deleted footage with Forster still available online. Due to ExecutiveMeddling however, the series was paired down to a two and a half hour movie and all but one of their respective scenes were cut.

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* CurseOfTheAncients: Coco, Betty's landlady, curses like this.
-->"What you're telling me is a load of horse-pucky..."

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* MysticalHollywood: This movie's version of Hollywood is controlled by shady masterminds like a wheelchair-bound kingpin Mr. Roque and the mysterious Cowboy who are implied to be supernatural entities. [[spoiler:According to the most popular interpretation, the first part of the movie is the dream of a failed actress Diane Selwyn who invented a supernatural conspiracy in her mind as a reason for her failure.]]


In addition to the main plot, there is also a film director (Justin Theroux), who just can't seem to catch a break. He even walks in on his wife in bed with their pool man, played by Billy Ray Cyrus [[WTHCastingAgency of all people]]. Betty's eccentric landlady is played by Ann Miller in her final role before her death. There is a terribly inept hitman played by the incomparable [[Series/{{Lost}} Mark Pellegrino]], a creepy cowboy who [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not be part of this world]], a surreal theatre with an even more surreal magician/MC, that mysterious blue box, and some sort of grungy zombie hobo who lives behind an old-fashioned diner and gives a man a heart attack at just the sight of it.

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In addition to the main plot, there is also a film director (Justin Theroux), who just can't seem to catch a break. He even walks in on his wife in bed with their pool man, played by Billy Ray Cyrus [[WTHCastingAgency of all people]]. Betty's eccentric landlady is played by Ann Miller in her final role before her death. There is a terribly inept hitman played by the incomparable [[Series/{{Lost}} Mark Pellegrino]], Creator/MarkPellegrino, a creepy cowboy who [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not be part of this world]], a surreal theatre with an even more surreal magician/MC, that mysterious blue box, and some sort of grungy zombie hobo who lives behind an old-fashioned diner and gives a man a heart attack at just the sight of it.


** Adam Kesher and Diane's roommate from the dream show up in real life as themselves, but every other character from the dream shows up in real life as a different person. (That is, except for the detectives and Mr. Roque, who don't show up in Part II at all.) "Camilla Rhodes", the character from the first part of the movie who steals a part from Betty thanks to the Mafia, appears in the real life part as an unnamed character who seems to have stolen Real Camilla's affections, at least her lesbian affections.
** The ArcWords "This is the girl" are, in the dream, what Adam is told to say as the signal that he's giving in and casting Camilla Rhodes in the movie. In real life they're the words that Diane says to the hit man as she hands over Camilla's publicity photo.

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** Adam Kesher and Diane's roommate from the dream show up appear in real life as themselves, but every all the other character call backs involve people from the dream shows showing up in real life as a different person. (That is, except for the detectives and Mr. Roque, who don't show up in Part II at all.) "Camilla Rhodes", the character from the first part of the movie who steals a part from Betty thanks to the Mafia, appears in the real life part as an unnamed character who seems to have stolen Real Camilla's affections, at least her lesbian affections.
** The ArcWords "This is the girl" are, in the dream, what Adam is told to say as the signal that he's giving in and casting Camilla Rhodes in the movie. In real life they're the words that Diane says to the hit man as she hands over Real Camilla's publicity photo.



* TheCameo: Robert Forster as Detective Mcknight and Dan Hedeya as Vincenzo Castigliane. Considering that the film was originally developed as a television pilot, both actors were intended to have more screen time; there's even some deleted footage with Forster still available online. Due to ExecutiveMeddling however, the series was paired down to a two and a half hour movie and all but one of their respective scenes were cut.

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* TheCameo: Robert Forster as Detective Mcknight [=McKnight=] and Dan Hedeya Hedaya as Vincenzo Castigliane. Considering that the film was originally developed as a television pilot, both actors were intended to have more screen time; there's even some deleted footage with Forster still available online. Due to ExecutiveMeddling however, the series was paired down to a two and a half hour movie and all but one of their respective scenes were cut.


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* SetBehindTheScenes: A film noir about a movie shoot.


** In the first part of the movie, where Naomi Watts plays wide-eyed ingenue Betty, the waitress at Winkie's is named Diane. In the second part of the movie, the RealLife part where Naomi Watts is revealed to be bitter failed actress Diane, the waitress at Winkie's is named Betty.

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** In the first part of the movie, where Naomi Watts plays wide-eyed ingenue Betty, the waitress at Winkie's is named Diane. In the second part of the movie, the RealLife part where Naomi Watts is revealed to be bitter failed actress Diane, the waitress at Winkie's is named Betty. This ties in with Diane's admission in the second part of the movie that she worked as a waitress at Winkie's.

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