David Lynch’s 10 Clues to Unlocking Mulholland Drive

From an insert in the 2002 DVD release of David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive:

David Lynch’s 10 Clues to Unlocking This Thriller
1. Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: at least two clues are revealed before the credits.
2. Notice appearances of the red lampshade.
3. Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?
4. An accident is a terrible event… notice the location of the accident.
5. Who gives a key, and why?
6. Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.
7. What is felt, realized and gathered at the club Silencio?
8. Did talent alone help Camilla?
9. Note the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkies.
10. Where is Aunt Ruth?

4 thoughts on “David Lynch’s 10 Clues to Unlocking Mulholland Drive”

  1. I’ve watched Mulholland Drive five or six times in the past three weeks, including watching it through last night and then rewatching the first 30 minutes. I remember feeling like I understood the film sometime around 2003 or 2004, after watching it repeatedly on DVD (incidentally, a friend of mine stole that DVD and never returned it. Germane to nothing, except maybe the “klept” of this blog). By “understood” I mean in terms of plot (and not, say, mood atmosphere, tone), although after watching it a few times these past few weeks, I feel like my past reading was guided by the image of the terrifying parents (Diane’s?); it seems now a film about dream and failure to me, a riff on Hollywood and Pandora’s box. Anyway, I know these have been posted elsewhere, and I’m not sure if they will “solve” the mystery, but they are excellent discussion questions.


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