All this week, in anticipation for the return of Twin Peaks, we’re going to be featuring writing from our staff about the work of David Lynch.
Adjacent to that, I’m also going to be sharing fascinating articles and videos from other sources about the scope, skill, and impact of the famed but perplexing director.
It doesn’t matter how many times you see it. Mulholland Drive‘s infamous diner scene is always going to be one of the most unnerving sequence of any film.
But why? And how?
The setup and premise seems simple. The scene a standalone segment with no emotional attachment established with the viewer before or after.
And yet, it’s the closest thing in life to a simulated firsthand experience of sudden cardiac arrest.
This article by Alex Gladwin of Rooster Illusion Reviews, who offers an elemental breakdown of the cinematic elements that create this effect, is as good an explanation as you’re likely to find.
Gladwin’s breakdown is terrific here, especially considering that his target is, as the writer puts it, “one of the best directed pieces of cinema, and it’s only five minutes long.” That so much expert filmmaking could be distinguished in such a short scene is the perfect dose of just how gifted a storyteller Lynch has always been.
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