Mulholland Drive

Dir. David Lynch. 2001, 147 mins. 35mm. With Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Justin Theroux. Lynch’s nightmarish yet wildly entertaining tale of that weird place known as Hollywood is like his fractured rendition of Sunset Boulevard—and it is just as great. Then-unknown Watts gives a star-making performance as Betty Elms, a Pollyanna fresh off the bus who arrives in the city of dreams hoping to become an actress; Lynch then puts her, and us, through the looking glass for a noirish, hypersexual tale of revenge, lust, and shifting identities. Mulholland Drive was selected in multiple magazine polls as the best film of the last decade.

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