Eastport Arts Center film screenings will continue, with next on screen the surrealist mystery Mulholland Drive (2001, R), written and directed by David Lynch, on Friday, July 7 at 7 pm, and Saturday, July 8 at 2 pm. A film discussion, led by Jon Bragdon, will follow the Friday evening screening.
Mulholland Drive received the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as more than a score of other awards; Stephen Holden of The New York Times called it “an ever-deepening reflection on the allure of Hollywood and on the multiple role-playing and self-invention that the movie-going experience promises.”

Laura Harring, as the compelling ‘Rita’ in Mulholland Drive.
Naomi Watts, as Betty, is snared in Lynch’s labyrinthine mystery.

A Mulholland Drive fan suggested a recent article about the film, particularly a section in which Director Lynch gives viewers ‘a guide’ to interpreting the mystery.

“So this thing happened that Mulholland Drive was a big success in France and I was asked if I could come up with these 10 short clues to the movie,” Lynch explained to Vulture in 2018. “Normally, I would’ve said no, but—and I don’t know why—I came up with things that people could think about when they watched it. But I thought the clues were only going to exist in France and then it blossomed on the internet—that’s what I mean about the world getting smaller—and people started asking me for more clues.” 

The now-viral list includes 10 hints to decipher the story, including: 

1. Pay particular attention in the beginning of the film: At least two clues are revealed before the credits.

2. Notice appearances of the red lampshade.

3. Can you hear the title of the film that Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) is auditioning actresses for? Is it mentioned again?

4. An accident is a terrible event—notice the location of the accident.

5. Who gives a key, and why?

6. Notice the robe, the ashtray, the coffee cup.

7. What is felt, realized and gathered at the Club Silencio?

8. Did talent alone help Camilla?

9. Note the occurrences surrounding the man behind Winkie’s.

10. Where is Aunt Ruth?

Time for a rewatch!

Find the full article (beware of plot spoilers if you haven’t already seen the film!!) here:  https://www.indiewire.com/gallery/david-lynch-mulholland-drive-things-you-didnt-know/

Next for EAC Films will be My Brilliant Career (1979, G), an Australian period drama directed by Gillian Armstrong, based on the novel by Miles Franklin, on Thursday, July 20 at 7 pm, and Sunday, July 23 at 2 pm. Next will be Babette’s Feast (1987, G), a Danish drama directed by Gabriel Axel, based on the story by Isak Dinesen, on Sunday, July 30 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 6 at 2 pm. Next will be Mystery Train (1989, R), a comedy/drama film with three independent storylines, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, on Saturday, August 12 at 7 pm, and Sunday, August 13 at 2 pm. EAC films plans to show films through the remainder of the year, with more titles to be announced soon.
Admission for the films is $7; for the G-rated films, attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. These screenings have been made possible by the Maine Community Foundation Community Building Grant.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.