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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Immersed in the Illusion: “Mulholland Drive” and Spectator Identification

This paper focuses on David Lynch’s 2001 film “Mulholland Drive.” Lynch juxtaposes a mostly Classic Hollywood style with an experimental style to portray the relationship of the spectator with Classic Hollywood cinema and also to criticize this relationship. He uses mostly Classic Hollywood style in the first portion of the film, which revolves around the relationship between two female protagonists. In the second portion of the film, however, Classic Hollywood style is altogether abandoned, resulting in a highly experimental and disorientating experience. In the first portion of the film, the relationship of the two women represents the relationship of the spectator with Classic Hollywood cinema, while the second portion of the film is a criticism of this relationship, cautioning that belief in the fantasy leads to despair.

Presenter: Emily Wilkins (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Film Studies
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 1:30 pm (Session III)

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