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The first time I ever saw a film by David Lynch was in Manhattan, during the summer of 1981, and it was a re-release of "Eraserhead" on the big screen. I haven't seen this movie in almost 36 years, yet there are images which remain as plain as day in my mind. It was perhaps the creepiest film I'd ever seen at that point in my life.

"Mulholland Drive" may not be as creepy - on absolute terms - until, that is, the final 40 minutes, when all sense of logic and reality become distorted: No matter how hard you try and understand what's going on, the film will demand a second watching (at least a second watching).

The performances, the direction, the story, the shifting in-and-out of reality, the cinematography, and the music (even the simple doo-wop music (*)) is just so compelling that Lynch was working on a higher plane than mere human existence.

I can't describe the movie, but I suggest watching it in parts - perhaps the first 50 minutes twice, then the second 50 minutes twice, and then the final 40 minutes as many times as you need in order to make some sense of things.

This is a work of art that is clearly the work of genius; and yet, I can't tell you *why* it's such a great work of art. But it is.

Now, I have to go back and watch "Eraserhead" again. Man, what a ride Mulholland Drive is.

(*) Just in case you thought it was original:

 

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Mulholland Drive has long been on my list of films to watch. I am happy I finally got around to seeing it. It is a work of art. David Lynch is brilliant. This film is a must-see, in my opinion. Difficult to explain, but so easy to enjoy.

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What are peoples' interpretations of "The Cowboy," played by "Monty Montgomery?"

Aug 29, 2013 - "The Truth behind The Cowboy" by pikeme on my.vanderbilt.edu

"Cast: The Cowboy" on mulholland-drive.net

"The Biggest Bullshit: David Lynch and the Cowboy" by Eric Wargo on thenightshirt.com

Oct 24, 2001 - "Everything You Were Afraid To Ask about Mulholland Drive" by Bill Wyman on salon.com

*** SPOILER ALERT *** (although I'm not sure what there is to spoil - it might be to your benefit to watch this twice)

 

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