DIRECTOR: DAVID LYNCH
CAST: NAOMI WATTS, LAURA HARRING, JUSTIN THEROUX
Screening with THE ALPHABET (David Lynch / 1968 / 4 mins / 35mm)
Print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive
Mulholland Dr. began its life as an aborted TV pilot concerning blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts, transcendent) and an amnesiac brunette (Laura Harring), then transformed into something strange, sorrowful, and maddeningly mysterious as it was expanded into a film noir-inflected feature, following the sleuthing duo into the enigmatic night club Silencio, and outlining a series of unforgettable incidents and transformations. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and terrifying by turns, while always on the razor’s edge of the inexplicable. With The Alphabet, the curious, anxious short film that gained Philadelphia-based art student Lynch the attention of the nascent American Film Institute, and started him on his way.