Dreams of Desire 7 (Persona)

 

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Ingmar Bergmann’s stark modernist masterpiece of dissolving, merging female identities and the nature of cinema must surely influenced Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. (Dreams of Desire 6). Both movies explore the porous boundaries of personality, the projection of desires onto another (and the subsequent hatred when the other remains separate and distinct) and the illusions that we create to maintain our precarious, fabricated self-image.

 

Dreams of Desire 6 (Mulholland Dr.)

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David Lynch plays tricks with time, memory and identity in the utterly mystifying yet completely bewitching Mulholland Dr. One of the few film-makers who can genuinely be classified as a Surrealist, Mulholland Dr. heady blend of atmospheric neo-noir, twisted Hollywood fable, mind melting strangeness and one of the most convincing dream narratives since a certain Alice fell down a rabbit hole defies categorization or rational comprehension, but therein lies its beauty. Continue reading