Criterion Close-Up 13: Mulholland Drive (2001) & Unraveling the Mystery

Aaron and Mark talk about David Lynch’s recent Criterion Collection release of Mulholland Drive. We talk about the nature of the production, from pilot to feature, the randomness, the allure of Naomi Watts, and why the film is so popular. We then turn the blue key and try to make sense of some of the reasonable and wild theories out there. Do we solve this possible? Maybe, maybe not, but we at least make some sense out of it.

Show notes:


0:00 – Intro, Housekeeping 3:40 – News 12:25 – Mulholland Drive 46:00 – Unraveling the Mystery


Only Angels Have Wings – likely coming to Criterion. David Lynch degree “Most if not all of the Almodovar catalog is coming to Criterion.” Hou Hsiao Hsien on Criterion Current.

Mulholland Drive

Mookes and the Gripes review.

Unraveling the Mystery

Pilot Analysis

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive

David Lynch’s 10 Clues

Film Crit Hulk on Mulholland Drive Essay

Other Theories

What’s Real About Mulholland Drive?

Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive – Psychological abstract

The Perils of Fantasy: Memory and Desire in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive

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