• Publication date: May 20, 2009

All Is Not As It Seems In 'The City Of Dreams' One Is Looking For Her Future, The Other For Her Past

Originally produced as a pilot for ABC, "Mulholland Dr." was almost abandoned as a project if producer Pierre Edelman hadn't convinced Lynch to rethink and remake it as a feature-film .

As is customary of director David Lynch, "Mulholland Dr." embarks you on a surreal interpretation of a chain of events that leave you lingering between dream, reality, and your personal interpretation of which is which .

Originally produced as a pilot for ABC, "Mulholland Dr." was almost abandoned as a project if producer Pierre Edelman hadn't convinced Lynch to rethink and remake it as a feature-film.

As is customary of director David Lynch, "Mulholland Dr." embarks you on a surreal interpretation of a chain of events that leave you lingering between dream, reality, and your personal interpretation of which is which.

A drama mystery-thriller set in Hollywood; "Mulholland Dr." begins in the back of a limo as a mystery dark-haired woman [Laura Elena Harring] is the sole survivor of a car crash involving the limo and drag-racing teens. She scrambles out of the wreckage with a purse full of money and amnesia. In the meantime, a sprightly young blonde named Betty Elms [Naomi Watts] arrives in the city of dreams from Deep River, Ontario with hopes of making it as a movie star. Betty had secured her aunt Ruth's apartment as a place to stay as she hunts for auditions. She is surprised to find the mystery brunette cowering in the shower of her aunt's house, and soon discovers that the enigmatic woman has lost her memory. Inspired by a Rita Hayworth movie-poster, our dark-haired woman decides to go by the name Rita. Now Rita and Betty will scour the streets of the city of angels looking for a lost identity, and meaning to how this all fits together.

A young film director Adam Kesher [Justin Theroux] being pressured by the Castigliane brothers to cast Camilla Rhodes [Melissa George] as the star of his next feature, an 'enforcer' known only as 'The Cowboy' [Lafayette Montgomery], an aspiring actress by the name of Diane Selwyn, all float in and out of the picture leaving you wondering what is real, what is a dream, and which of the two really matter.

With a backdrop of the intriguing sub-cultures of directors, producers, gangsters and prostitutes, "Mulholland Dr." will shine a new light on the glamorous world of stars and starlets and the ultimate price they pay for recognition in the city of dreams.

"Mulholland Dr." released in 2001 grossed $7,077,663, and has been rated R for the violence, language and sexuality in its 147 minutes of screen-time.