A Psychoanalysis Approach to Mulholland Drive. Clark Teng Derrick Wei Michelle Wang Nanch Chen Paul Chen Roy Chiu. Introduction. Thesis:
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Clark Teng Derrick Wei
Michelle Wang Nanch Chen
Paul Chen Roy Chiu
This film ventures into Diane’s state of mind via dreams and memories. Functioning as an act of wish fulfillment in aspects of love, guilt, and career, Diane’s conflicts as well reveal Lynch’s criticisms toward Hollywood Film Industry.
1. Interweaving of Dream and Reality: Jitterbug dancing…1
A. Dissatisfaction: Betrayal
1. Adam– being revenged (e.g. being a cuckold, frustrated in career, bankrupt, and so on).
2. Camilla (Rita)– being incompetent (e.g. losing memory, awkward as little pussy, depending on Betty/Diane).
4. Coco/Adam’s mother– being considerate for Betty/Diane in the dream.
C. Question to Ponder upon
Who does Diane love the most? Camilla or herself?
1. Witness death
2. Ugly man scapegoat, the displacement of Diane’s guilt, condensation
3. Clumsy killer Diane didn’t want him to succeed in reality
4. Jitterbug dance, 50s rest., Anne’s apart. memory of good old days
5. warnings: telephone, doorbell, siren, detect fear & uneasiness
1. Auntie figures: (elder figures)
a. Self expectation=>expectation from others=>help from the elders
b. Success in Hollywood
c. Examples: the old couple met in airport/ aunt Ruth/ the audition (Betty’s)
a. Uglify Hollywood:
(1) A man hiding back of the place=> everything is already ordered.
(2) Examples: the audition (Betty’s)/ the audition (for Adam’s Film)/ the club silencio
b. Incompetence of Adam
(1) Cowboy, the man who drank Expresso=>
the ones who direct Adam
(2) The extramarital relation of Adam’s wife
A. Key: passage to the cruel reality
1. In the dream, Rita and Betty get together happily.
2. In reality, Camilla is dead, and Diane does not succeed in her career.
B. Box: reality--
After opening it, Diane woke up
C. Party: the end of Camilla’s love
D. Club: sarcasm against Hollywood
1. It’s all recorded
2. As fake as the audition in Hollywood
Uneasiness created in Mulholland Drive
1. Switch of perspective
Themes in Mulholland Drive