Artists Mulholland Dr. is influenced by

Edward Hopper 

A haunting image... - (Dave H.)

"Chop Suey""Hotel Room""Two on the Aisle"

"Natura morte vivente""Mae West"

Salvador Dalí  

Grand unifying theory: Movie as pun - (unc84steve)

René Magritte

Grand unifying theory: Movie as pun - (unc84steve)

"The Human Condition""The Giantess""La Reproduction Interdite"

"Relativity""Drawing Hands"

M.C. Escher

Grand unifying theory: Movie as pun - (unc84steve)

I can see clearly a connection between David Lynch’s movie and M.C. Escher's art. Both artists confuse, instigate our senses; it's hard to find a connection in both works of art that "fulfills", follows our logical reasoning. Escher uses his Architecture and Mathematics knowledge to create an impossible perspective, an illusion, in "Waterfall or Belvedere" lithographies, for example. 
In Mulholland Drive, Lynch makes us believe there is a connection in the stories we are told. But if we try to link the stories, we realize that they can't be in the same plane, it's impossible. We are led to believe the stories are linked, but in different levels: dream, imagination, unconscious … Therefore, in Mulholland Drive, Lynch creates an impossible perspective, as Escher does in Waterfall and Belvedere. Both genial artists, by changing the references, mix up our understanding. They play with one of our most essencial mind's mechanism: identification. - (Sandra Val)

Religious References

Biblical connection to MD - (hustlerst)
religious conjecture - (Stan103)
The Passion of the Christ - (bellabuddy)
Devine Coco - (Thorn)
ruth selwyn - (richdubbya)
The Three Weeks - (fornus)

Image at Park Hotel room
"Our Lady of Guadeloupe"

Buddhism in Mulholland Dr.

iIf you look at Mulholland Drive with Buddhism in mind, it makes a bit more sense...
The Club Silencio scene is where all this elements come together... the process of dying begins.
First of all, Club Silencio, just like the red room in Twin Peaks, is like a transit lounge, a waiting room … in which one must wait up to forty nine days before transferring to the next life … this process is called the bardo of becoming … where we have a mental body that is endowed with immense clarity and unlimited mobility, yet the direction in which it moves is determined solely by the habitual tendencies of our past karma … we are simply buffeted around by the force of karma.

During the first weeks of the bardo, we may not realize we are dead. We return to our home, our daily lives only to discover that no one notices you, you are ignored, you don't exist. We feel angry, hurt. If we are very attached to our body, we may even try to reenter or hover around it. In extreme cases the mental body can linger near its possessions or body for weeks. And still it may not dawn on us that we are dead.
It is only when we see that we make no reflection in the mirror, cast no shadow that we finally realize. And the sheer shock of recognizing we have died can be enough to make us faint away. Some can even get stuck in the bardo, to become spirits or ghosts.

In the bardo of becoming we relive all experiences of past life, minute details and revisiting places. Every seven days we are compelled to go through the experience of death once again … Our restless, solitary wondering through the bardo world is as frantic as a nightmare, just as in a dream, we believe we have a physical body and that we really exist.
When a person commits suicide, the consciousness has no choice but to follow its negative karma, and it may well happen that a harmful spirit will seize and possess its life force. Also, it talks about space being perceived as a blue light. - (Joshieboyucla)

The Beatrice Cenci Painting

Chinese Writing

MD Painting Gallery


The Painting at the Dinner Party