Laura Harring and Naomi Watts were the stars. A car crash survivor stumbles into Hollywood with a blue key, a bag of money, and a blank memory. Among the mysteries are a clumsy assassin, Billy Ray as a pool cleaner, and some kind of garbage monster. Not the executives at ABC who cancelled the project, blaming the unusual tempo, the incomprehensible storylines and everything else they should have expected from Lynch. Much of that discarded footage remains in the Mulholland Drive we know today; a studio stepped in and, thankfully, it was expanded into a standalone feature. All your attention goes to listening.
Mulholland Drive stylized as Mulholland Dr. It tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms Watts , newly arrived in Los Angeles , who meets and befriends an amnesiac woman Harring recovering from a car accident. The story follows several other vignettes and characters, including a Hollywood film director Theroux. Originally conceived as a television pilot , a large portion of the film was shot in with Lynch's plan to keep it open-ended for a potential series. After viewing Lynch's cut, however, television executives rejected it. Lynch then provided an ending to the project, making it a feature film. The half-pilot, half-feature result, along with Lynch's characteristic style, has left the general meaning of the film's events open to interpretation.
Movie Reviews Movies. Movies News. Lynch has spent a career defining then redefining what film is while also consistently topping himself. Filled with iconic imagery and strong sexual themes, Eraserhead still remains a subject of discussion forty years later. It was a critical favorite and the best David Lynch film ever.
ABC got cold feet and passed on the series, and it languished for a couple of years before Canal Plus bought it and gave Lynch the opportunity to turn what he had into a theatrical feature. Betty Elms Naomi Watts is a fresh faced, corn-fed Midwestern girl who, after winning a jitterbug contest, moves to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Betty, apparently raised on Nancy Drew mysteries, devotes herself to helping this mysterious woman unlock her past. The intervention of a Mephistophelian cowboy may be the ticket to getting his life back.