Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Rolling Stone critic Mikal Gilmore wrote, “…there is nothing else like Lost Highway out there, and there is no easy way to prepare an audience for its experience.” Ostensibly, Lost Highway (1997) is an enigmatic neo-noir, with a bifurcated story in which a musician (Bill Pullman) is accused of killing his wife (Patricia Arquette), and a young man (Balthazar Getty) is drawn into a dangerous web of gangsters by a femme fatale—also played by Arquette.
The film presented a sort of cinematic pivot point for Lynch; his previous two films, Wild at Heart and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, had not been critically or commercially successful. Lost Highway was also met by bemused critics and (scant) audiences but has since seen a significant reappraisal. While most of Lynch’s prior work was grounded (more or less) in straightforward plot structure, in Lost Highway, he dove explicitly into a nonlinear, surrealist narrative to explore the self-deceptive nature of identity and memory, among other heady topics. The film’s shuffled narrative, themes, and style would resonate strongly in his last two features (for now), Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.
Whether you have “traveled down” Lost Highway before, or this is your first “trip,” join us to learn more about this mysterious and darkly beguiling film. In either case, you’ll see why, even 25 years later, there’s still nothing else quite like Lost Highway out there.
Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Additional showtimes can be found here.
Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those in attendance receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink. Please note: the screening associated with this seminar will be open to the public, as well.
If you are unable to attend this seminar on site, you can rent and stream it in our Remote Classroom beginning a week after the event date.
Please email BMFI Programs and Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.