Mulholland Drive: The Best Film of the 21st Century?

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

8:10pm - Mulholland Drive introduced by Spencer Mackoff

And the best movie of the 21st century so far is …. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001)! This according to a BBC poll released in August, in which 177 critics from around the world voted to determine the 100 greatest films of our century to date. Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love (2000) was runner-up (films from 2000 onwards were eligible; the Beeb acknowledged that, strictly speaking, the century didn’t actually begin until 2001), and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007) placed third. Squeaking in at number 100 was the newest film on the list — and the sole entry from the current year — German director Maren Ade’s 2016 festival hit Toni Erdmann (scheduled for theatrical release in Canada in January, 2017).

In light of its new-crowned century-topping status, we present a 35mm revival of Lynch’s much-admired film.

 

Mulholland Drive
USA 2001. Dir: David Lynch. 147 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT | David Lynch pulls out all the stops, upends all expectations, and, well, goes all Lynchian in this maniacal, mind-bending mix of Hollywood satire, film noir, and fever dream — anointed earlier this year, in a BBC poll, as the greatest film of the 21st century to date! Naomi Watts is perky Betty, an aspiring actress from Canada newly arrived in Los Angeles. Laura Harring is “Rita,” a mysterious dark-haired beauty searching for her identify after a near-fatal accident leaves her with amnesia. Justin Theroux is Adam, a hotshot Hollywood director under pressure from thugs to cast an unknown actress named Camilla in his latest movie. Lynch’s “love story in the city of dreams” was originally filmed as a TV pilot for ABC, which passed on picking it up as a series. “A film to love, not just revere ... Lynch is our homespun Buñuel” (Manohla Dargis, L.A. Weekly).


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Spencer Mackoff is a writer and high school teacher at Stratford Hall in Vancouver. He holds a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. His work, which draws on psychoanalysis, critical theory, film, and media, has appeared in scholarly journals and at various conferences. Mulholland Drive is the focus of his forthcoming article for symploke, "Let it Burn: Productive Failure in Contemporary Narrative Film."

REVIEWS

"The best film of the decade."

Film Comment | full review

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Guy Maddin | full review