RitaLauraElenaHarring


Sex

 

Female

Quotes:

"Silencio... Silencio... Silencio" listen the voice

"That's where I was going... Mulholland Dr." listen the voice

Age

Middle 30s

Origin

Car crash

Address

1612 Havenhurst

Occupation

Amnesia

Fashion style

Red/Black clothing

Relationship

Betty

Doppelganger

Camilla, Woman in #12?


Rita at HavenhurstThe introduction of Rita, at least in the context of Betty, is again sort of a linchpin of the film, because it sets up Betty as the protector and sets up Rita as the defenseless person in need of protection. It's funny because that's not at all what Diane's and Camilla's relationship is. But it's Diane's fantasy - she gets decide of Camilla that she wants in real life.
Rita seeing the poster of Rita Hayworth is clever, 'cause Rita Hayworth was not Rita Hayworth's real name and in fact she was Hispanic and had a very Hispanic name and Laura Elena, who's playing Camilla/Rita, is herself of Hispanic background. It's interesting that she would choose a staged name of a Hispanic actress as her name. The connection to actress Rita Hayworth is furthered by the fact that she ended up marrying her director (Orson Welles) - just as Camilla is about to marry Adam Kesher. - (Sean Weitner)

Rita and Coco are very mirrored, in their clothing choice (red and black) and jewelry choice (always sorta pearl-based). I suspect this has to do with another sort of mirror. Rita is channelling Rita Hayworth, a dancer-turned actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Coco is being played by Ann Miller, a dancer-turned-actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood (one who had barely made any movies in the previous 40 years before this one). - (bsharporflat)

Related: Rita Hayworth connection


Betty & RitaIt is identity loss/switching/integration with the whole Betty/Rita dynamic. Rita is amnesiac for a good reason in Diane's dream mentality. She represents Diane not wanting to remember, and her lost identity: "I thought if I woke up, I thought sleep would do it, I don't know who I am." But later Rita takes over that confusion, representing Camilla taking back control: Silencio and turning the key in the blue box, ending Diane's dream illusion. Rita is Camilla/Diane together as one, representing Diane's wishes/confusion. - (MissLinda77)


As for the blonde wig, if Betty DID want to remake Rita in her own image, then this is even more proof of Diane's inability, even in a dream, to see Rita in any other terms other than those relating to herself. Maybe that is her way of trying to make it seem that Camilla actually feels the same way she does. We later find out that is not the case - Camilla is ambivalent towards Diane, as we see in the ratty couch scene where one second she's telling her "you drive me wild" and the next "we mustn't do this anymore". - (Zors)


Betty's love/affection for Rita is one-sided. Her declaration "I love you" is not returned. Also Rita wakes up saying, "No hay banda." Band also has significance of wedding ring, and therefore long term commitment and exclusivity and security, to stretch it. "We can be lovers, but there will be no commitment." Also, she switches sexual preferences, so "no band" is a lack of committing to the lesbian lifestyle per se, not just to Betty. - (Pamela Henrie)


So, the key scene in the dream is in bed, where Rita does not return Betty's expressions of love for her. And this is precisely where the dream starts to go out of control and come apart. After they make love, we see their faces merge (camera shot of them in bed). It becomes clear, though, in the whole context, that what's happening is that Betty is being absorbed by Rita. Note that right after this, Betty starts to lose control and become dominated by Rita as Rita practically drags Betty off to Silencio. Note Betty's facial expressions on the journey to Silencio: For the first time she's lost, frightened, out of control. More like Diane. Finally, back in the room after the discovery of the blue box Betty is the first to disappear, as she becomes completely absorbed by Rita. - (Dave H.)


Rita sleeping under kitchen table

Rita sleeping in bedroom
"Enjoy yourself, Bitsie" note

Dreams within a dream?

  1. Rita lies down to sleep in the bushes in front of the apartments and the detectives appear into the dream.

  2. Rita lies down to sleep beneath the counter and the two men at Winkie's and the monster appear.

  3. Rita continues to sleep beneath the counter and Mr Roque makes his first appearance. Betty and the sinister old couple also appear. (It's interesting to note, though, that Rita is awake and in the shower when Betty arrives).

  4. Rita lies down to sleep again in the bed and Adam Kesher, the Castigliane brothers, and Camilla Rhodes (in the form of a publicity photo) now appear into the dream.

  5. Betty checks on Rita and sees that she's still asleep and the hitman soon comes to life in the dream.

  6. Rita wakes up with the word "silencio" on her lips.

If you pause the film when Betty drapes the red robe over the sleeping Rita in the apartment you can read the note that Aunt Ruth pinned to it, at a quick glance it reads "Enjoy Yourself Bitsie, Aunt Ruth", but it doesn't actually say 'Bitsie'. The name is 'Rita' and 'Bitsie' written on top of each other. 
A further clue by Lynch to us that we are dealing with a dream and mixed up identities? From another angle we could argue it's Diane's mind telling her that the glamorous robe always belonged to somebody else and she had to be content with what was left (pink robe). Or are we to believe this is Rita's dream and not Betty's?

Threads: Enjoy yourself, Bitsie? - (Bob Brooker)  |  Rita's Dreams - (derekfnord)


Threads:
Rita's Blurry Reaction - (Neely O'Hara) Homo-Bisexuality
Diane as Rita? Camilla as Betty? - (Boba Sweat)
Did Rita love Betty? - (richdubbya)
No one speaks to Rita/Camilla - (nichijin)

A few random thoughts... - (Cuban Nightmare)
Rita's Dreams & Visions
- (vinovampire)

Theories:
Betty & Rita = Light & dark side of Diane
Diane projects herself as Rita

Rita is real

 

Related:
Rita's Walk Downhill
Real-life connection: Rita Hayworth
Movie connection: Gilda
Speaking Spanish