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So, I’m getting ready to do something with the Club Silencio scene in Mulholland Drive, which might just be my favorite moment in film, and I’m looking around to see what’s been said about the scene… And I find this:

Without reference in the screenplay, the surrealistic Silencio sequence was shot in late 1999 as a finale to the original TV-Pilot. The idea around Club Silencio is a results of a deal between Disney’s Touchstone Television and David Lynch. The company contributed 2,5 million dollar more to the Pilot project (to a total budget of 7 million) with the proviso – which Lynch grudgingly accepted – that he shoot extra footage to be used as a “Closed ending.” Disney’s Buena Vista International intended to recoup the company’s money by releasing the longer version as a film in Europe.

That there is one hell of a confluence of the demands of the market and artistic genius… And one hell of a “closed ending.” I wonder what the Disney folks thought?

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January 16, 2007 at 11:39 pm

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  1. The secret history of this I discovered in 2001 and continue to hoard like the sea. Is your city sufficiently cosmopolitan to have had a screening of Inland Empire? I myself have not seen it.

    Jonathan

    January 18, 2007 at 8:18 pm

  2. My city is barely cosmopolitan enough for a screening of Wedding Crashers.

    Kidding. But no I have not seen Inland Empire.

    But it is EXTREMELY fascinating. The kernel of a very, very good paper I think, about Endings and “culture industry” and the avant garde, and probably a little whiff of Benjamin, etc… I’m going to write something I think. I wish you could embed youtube stuff in Real Academic Papers.

    Do you have anything more on this? As a gesture of good faith, I’ll share my next thought: there is something to be done with the (fucking) fact that Lynch won’t allow chapter breaks / fast forwarding on his DVDs (at least in the US). Which I found out after circling my cosmopolitan semi-burgh 2 nights ago looking for a copy in stock at Blockbuster so I could show it in class. Had to use the youtube version.

    AWP

    January 18, 2007 at 10:32 pm

  3. I’m sure PMC would take it.

    The lack of chapter breaks has been noted by scholiasts. An unusual thing about Lynch is that he’s as innocent of, say, Benjamin, as Ronald Reagan was and yet the films contain multitudes.

    Jonathan

    January 19, 2007 at 1:35 pm


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