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Lost Highway

SEPTEMBER RETROMANIA! Friday, September 28th @ 11:15 PM ~ Tickets: $12

David Lynch teamed up with writer Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart) once again for this baffling, yet pulsating thriller. Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette star as Fred and Renee Madison, a married couple that wakes up to find a videotape on their doorstep. On the tape is footage of them sleeping; the perpetrator apparently entered their home and filmed them just hours before. Fred is a jazz saxophonist who suspects his wife is having an affair, but when she winds up murdered he takes the rap for it. Inexplicably, he disappears from his cell, apparently reincarnated as a new person: a mechanic (played by Balthazar Getty). A Patricia Arquette lookalike with different hair comes into his life, but this time she's a dangerous gangster's moll. Robert Loggia is great as the gangster who beats up tailgaters. Robert Blake appears in a memorable role as a mysterious man at a party. The film has obvious parallels to Maya Deren's work (Meshes of the Afternoon) and to Lynch's later Mulholland Drive (2001), and it's interesting to note that on that subsequent film Lynch was able to smooth out his narrative a bit more. Yet for all its confusion, Lost Highway has some amazing, unforgettable moments. It's one of the downright spookiest films I've ever seen, and it gives me chills just to recall it. The late Richard Pryor made his final film appearance here.

Courtesy: Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

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Directed by: 
David Lynch
Running Time: 
Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Richard Pryor, Robert Loggia
Screenplay by: 
David Lynch, Barry Gifford

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