Release Year: 1997
Director: David Lynch
Writers: David Lynch, Barry Gifford
Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Loggia, Robert Blake, Gary Busey, Lucy Butler, Richard Pryor, Jack Nance
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist (Bill Pullman) is convicted for the murder of his wife. Later in his cell he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) and starts leading a new life.
Most of David Lynch’s feature films are convoluted, complex, and weird, more so the further along in his career we get. Lost Highway is the first of Lynch’ “trilogy” set in the Los Angeles area (the other two being Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006)). Lost Highway revolves around Fred (Bill Pullman), a jazz saxophonist, who is frustrated with his life, not helped by the fact that he is unable to satisfy his wife sexually. His life is turned upside down when weird video recordings of the inside of the house appears on their doorstep and a meeting with a mysterious man (Robert Blake) at a party only makes things more bizarre. Out of the blue, the revelation of a brutal and graphic murder completely changes the film. For fear of diving too far into interpretation, I won’t say more about the plot. Instead I will advice one viewing of the film, and if you are completely lost there are good suggestions for interpretation available on youtube, and then a second viewing. You are meant to be lost (no pun intended) the first time around, but when it comes to Lynch that is part of the appeal. You’ll either find it intriguing, a puzzle you have to solve, or boring and a waste of your time.
The final film of both Richard Pryor (died in 2005 at the age of 65) and regular Lunch collaborator Jack Nance (died in 1996 at the age of 53). The film was released one month after Nance’s death.
Cameo: American singer Marilyn Manson appears a porn actor towards the end of the film.
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