Monday, February 1, 2016

Lost Highway

David Lynch, Hollywood 1997
written by David Lynch and Barry Gifford 
with Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Robert Blake, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Robert Loggia

Inspired in part by Edgar Ulmer's Detour (a B movie from 1945 about an unlucky jazz musician who kills a couple of grifters and remembers both killings as freak accidents,) but really stemming from Lynch's own hallucinations, nightmares, and fascination with Hollywood murders old and new, Lost Highway is Lynch's first great film about his adopted home town.  He's lived there longer than he's lived anywhere else.  I believe it has been forty five years now.  He even used the house he uses as his studio for the jazz musician's home in the film.  It's the place where he has his screening room and his paints and brushes and probably a recording studio as well.  (No, it turns out the recording studio is located in the house between this house and the one in which he, his wife and daughter live.)

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