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Mulholland Drive
The film directed by David Lynch with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring
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Article added on March 30, 2002

Naomi Watts biography
 
Naomi Watts was born in England in 1968. She is the daughter of Peter Watts who worked as sound engineer and tour manager for Pink Floyd until 1974. Naomi moved to Australia with her family when she was 14. She saw her mother, an actress, on stage. This inspired her to take up an acting career. But first, she worked as assistant fashion editor for a fashion magazine in Sydney, Australia. Meanwhile, she took acting lessons and successfully auditioned for a part in Flirting, a movie starring Nicole Kidman; Watts, Kidman and Russell Crowe know each other well since they all grew up in Sydney.
 
Naomi Watts moved to Los Angeles after a few roles in television and film. She had a part in Tank Girl, Persons Unknown, Dangerous Beauty, Strange Planet, Down. For NBC, she played in the TV movie Hunt for the Unicorn Killer. She had the lead role in the CBS TV movie The Christmas Wish. She was a series regular on the CBS drama Sleepwalkers, based on the Stephen King thriller. She was part of the BBC miniseries The Wyvern Mystery. She helped develop Ellie Parker, a 16-minute film about an actress trying to break into Hollywood which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and which starred Jennifer Syme.

 

Naomi Watts filmography
  
The Ring, 2002. Get the DVD from Amazon.com.

Mulholland Drive, 2001. DVD from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
Down, 2001.
Ellie Parker, 2001.
The Wyvern Mystery, 2000, TV mini series.
Strange Planet, 1999.
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, 1999, TV.
The Christmas Wish, 1998, TV.
Babe: Pig in the City, 1998, voice.
Dangerous Beauty, 1998. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
Sleepwalkers, 1997, TV series.
Under the Lighthouse Dancing, 1997.
Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering, 1996.
Timepiece, 1996, TV.
Persons Unknown, 1996.
Bermuda Triangle, 1996, TV.
Tank Girl, 1995. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
The Custodian, 1993.
Misconduct, 1993.
Wide Sargasso Sea, 1993.
Matinee, 1993.
Brides of Christ, 1991, TV mini series.
Flirting, 1991.
Home and Away, 1991, TV series.
For Love Alone, 1986.


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Mulholland Drive film review

 
Mulholland Drive was originally designed as an ABC TV pilot. As ABC renounced the project, David Lynch bought the rights back and made it into a feature film. Additional scenes were shot for the movie, including two lesbian love scenes between Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring.
 
High above Los Angeles, a limousine glides through the Hollywood Hills at night, carrying an attractive, anonymous woman (Laura Elena Harring) who survives an assassination attempt and a terrible car crash, but loses her memory. After wandering through the streets she happens to find refuge in the house of a woman who has just left to go on a voyage.
 
The woman has no time to rest because soon afterwards, the young and joyful aspiring actress Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) enters the house. She has just come from Canada. Her aunt has put her house at her disposal. At first, Betty takes the mysterious woman for a friend of her aunt. The unknown female has not yet overcome her amnesia. After a look at a Gilda poster in a room she quickly names herself "Rita" after actress Rita Hayworth.
 
In the meantime, strange things happen elsewhere. At the parking space of a restaurant, somebody comes face to face with evil. A not very professional killer manages to have a series of people killed. The director Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) at first refuses to cast a certain Camilla Rhodes for the female lead in his next film, but is forced by some dubious financiers to do so. In between, he finds his wife with a craftsman (Billy Ray Cyrus) in bed. He begins to realize that he is not the omnipotent artist and man.
 
Betty lets Rita live in her aunt's apartment, despite warnings by her landlady, Coco Lenoix (Ann Miller). Betty persuades Rita to begin a quest for her identity and her memory. They find out that her real name is Diana Selwyn and a mysterious blue key seems to promise the answers to their questions. At the end of their quest, they find the body of an unidentifiable female. The shock brings the two women closer together for a night of romance. At the mysterious "Silencio" theatre, they follow strange performances (It is all a tape. It is an illusion) which further questions certainties about reality and imagination, time and space. And finally, they find a blue box in which Rita's blue key fits perfectly.
 
The second part of the film throws a different light on past events and identities. Does it tell the story that led to the assassination attempt at Mulholland Drive? Or is it rather the true story of Betty which means that the first part was only a product of her fantasy and the opening of the blue box brought her back to reality? You have to find out yourself.
 
David Lynch's rough diamond Mulholland Drive contains some minor regrettable inconsistencies - not the way the first and the second part of the film fit together, but for instance the fact that Detective Harry McKnigh played by Robert Forster (who probably had his best performance so far in Tarantino's Jackie Brown) frustratingly does not show up again after his early scene. That is one of the rare moments where one realizes that Mullholand Drive started as a TV pilot and some pieces seem to be missing. For the rest, it is another masterpiece by David Lynch who explores the mysteries of reality and vision, identity and multiple personalities, Hollywood fame and the dark sides of the movie business.
 
In Mullholand Drive, the star of Naomi Watts (Betty Elms) rises to the Mount Olympus of female acting. Unbelievably, she did not get an Oscar nomination for her outstanding performance. Her best moment comes in a casting scene in which Betty Elms successfully gets a part in a movie; the difference between this and the rehearsal scene at her aunt's flat together with Rita is striking.
 
In his closing credits, David Lynch dedicates Mulholland Drive to Jennifer Syme (1972-2001), the ex-girlfriend of Keanu Reeves who had given birth to their stillborn child at the end of 1999 before they broke up and who worked for a record company when she tragically died in April 2000 crashing her Jeep Cherokee into a row of parked cars in Los Angeles. Jennifer Syme had worked for David Lynch as an assistant and had had the part of the "Junkie Girl" in his movie Lost Highway.
 
David Lynch filmography
 
Mulholland Drive, 2001. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr.
Lost Highway, 1997. Get it on VHS from Amazon.fr, on DVD from Amazon.de.
Wild At Heart, 1990. Get it on VHS from Amazon.com.
Blue Velvet, 1986. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
Dune, 1984. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
The Straight Story, 1999. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de.
The Elephant Man, 1980. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr.
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me, 1992. Get it on DVD from Amazon.com.
Eraserhead, 1977. Get it on DVD from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr.
 
Laura Elena Harring biography
 
Laura Elena Harring was born in Mexico and raised in Texas. At 18, she went as a social worker to India. She studied in Switzerland. Back in America, she won the Miss El Paso and Miss USA contests in 1985. Two years later, she played Raul Julia's young wife in the TV movie The Alamo 13 Days to Glory. She had guest appearances on Baywatch and Frasier. She played in Silent Night, Deadly Night 3 (1989), Exit to Eden (1994) and Little Nicky (2000). She had guest appearances in the soap operas General Hospital and Sunset Beach (as "Paula Stevens"). She was part of the Fox Family Channel television movie The Elian Gonzalez Story, of the New Line Cinema Comedy Little Nicky, starring Adam Sandler. and John Q with Denzel Washington. Laura Elena Harring was formerly married to Count Edward von Bismarck of Germany.

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