Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
Mulholland Dr.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
ON SITE: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
REMOTE CLASSROOM: $15 for members, $20 for non-members  
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI

Few directors have such a well-honed style and perspective that their oeuvre spawns a roundly recognized adjective. There’s the Hitchcockian, the Bergmanesque . . . and the Lynchian. Films directed by David Lynch often contain a blend of film noir trappings, fragmented narrative, mutable identities, surreal imagery, and explorations of innocence lost in the face of social dysfunction and evil. This concoction manifests perhaps most potently in Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (2001).

Birthed from a doomed television pilot for ABC, Mulholland Dr. stars Naomi Watts as Betty, an aspiring starlet who arrives in Los Angeles and becomes entangled with Rita (Laura Harring), an enigmatic woman suffering from amnesia after a car crash in the Hollywood Hills. The film’s action unfurls unpredictably, subverting not just genre conventions but the rules of cinematic grammar itself, as the film’s reality blurs into an abstract world—albeit one rooted in very acute emotions and fears, and horrifyingly high stakes for its characters.

As in earlier works Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, and Wild at Heart, Lynch plays with a juxtaposition of post-war, small-town Americana and safe, cozy optimism while revealing the moral and societal rot below the surface. Join us to engage in unfiltered contact with the dark subconscious driving the Hollywood dream factory, and those who gravitate to it.

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? That’s easy! See additional screening dates and showtimes 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 who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.

Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:

  1. On site, at BMFI, in one of our theaters: Registration and seat selection must be done in advance, online, via the “ON SITE” button under the “Course Information” heading. There will be no walk-up registrations for this seminar.
  2. If you wish to attend in our Remote Classroom, please do so via the “AT HOME” button under the “Remote Classroom” heading. You will be able to livestream the pre-screening lecture and participate in the post-screening discussion, but the movie is not included (nor are popcorn and a drink, we’re sorry to say).

 Please email BMFI education coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.

Course Information

On Site

  • Tuesday, October 26 · 6:30 pm
Remote Classroom
At Home