Related: Visual Echoes in MD
| Symbols in MD
| Theory: Fate & Reincarnation
opposites, good/evil, straight/gay, love/hate, person/doppelganger etc.
To David Lynch duality is a very broad term. He shows it
in mirrors, in colors, in numbers, in repeated words and phrases, in
copying things from old movies, in scenes or individual shots that are
repeated. Duality is continuing things from one movie to another - whether
they are his or not his films.
opposites, good/evil, straight/gay, love/hate, person/doppelganger etc.
etc." - (ctyankee)
'dream' there is the scene which takes place in the Havenhurst kitchen, by
the sink, where Betty wears a pink robe and Rita is in red. They are
rehearsing Betty's script. "You're still here? I came back, I
thought that's what you wanted? Nobody wants you here!" (Betty says
'reality' part after Diane wakes up and Wi12 takes her box of stuff, Diane
walks over to the kitchen sink, in a robe (same style as Betty's but
different color) and Camilla pops up, dressed in red - "Camilla,
you've come back!" Diane then gets angry and emotional, like
Betty's script called for. Diane then takes the place of Camilla and we
could see the line of "I hate you … I hate us both …" being
applicable here, as if Diane was saying that she hates herself.
Odd that this
sequence is shown after Diane wakes up, considering the blatant
similarities between the two scenes. IMO it seems like a reflection from a
parallel world, almost as if Lynch is showing us that Betty's audition was
actually for the role of Diane Selwyn, and after we switch worlds we see Betty
playing 'for real,' when it got 'real.' - (dropkick23)
Aunt Ruth's apartment complex at 1612 Havenhurst is a "spiffed up"
version of the apartments on Sierra Bonita. Note the courtyards and the entryways/doors
to all three apartments (Aunt Ruth's front door, and #12 and #17 at Sierra Bonita.)
Similar layout of Havenhurst and Sierra Bonita's apartments. Kitchen-Hall-Living-Bedroom+Bathroom
The blue Van the prostitute + Joe + the Pimp get in at
A blue van is seen driving ahead of the elderly couple's limo from
A blue van passes by when Rita comes down hill onto Franklin ave and Sunset
Blvd at night, at the beginning of the film
Aunt Ruth and
Diane doing exactly the same thing BUT IN REVERSE:
When Aunt Ruth returns to
the Havenhurst apartment to get her keys, her first action is
to search through a drawer before she sees her keys on the table.
The next (and only other)
time a woman puts her hand in a drawer it's Diane pulling the gun out of her
bedside table in the final scene. AFTER staring at a key on a table.
HEADLIGHTS TURNING ON
The key left by Aunt Ruth to Betty, given by Coco, left on the table by
The blue key left by Joe for Diane. sitting on the coffee table
Camilla + Adam in the 50s car. Camilla glancing at Diane
Camilla + Blonde Camilla at the dinner pool party. Camilla glancing at
Adam direct how to kiss Camilla in the car: "and she starts to cry, don't
pull her toward you"
Betty knows how to kiss an experimented actor (Woody)
Rita (Camilla) and Diane ride the same limo, on the same place, and stop (apparently)
at the same location
Dialog clue: "What are you doing? We don't stop here!"
The elderly couple ride a similar limo from LAX
The Castigliane Bros have a similar limo too!!!
Rita in shower at Havenhurst
Rita in bed at Havenhurst with Betty topless. Rita on top of
Camilla and Diane topless on the couch at Sierra Bonita. Diane on top of
PHONE & LAMPSHADE
The photo resume calls for the blond wig worn by Rita. it shows the blonde
Camilla just like she is at the dinner pool party! (same earrings, same necklace,
same hairdo, same look)
Blonde Camilla's headshot at the Ryan board handed out by Luigi to
Camilla Rhodes's headshot at Winkie's handed out to Joe by
The foot of the red lampshade (phone call chain) and the tree designed on top
of the fireplace at Havenhurst
A tree foot also appears together with a
white shade at Havenhurst in the scene Rita takes off the blonde wig
saying "Just call me Coco." when meeting Betty at Havenhurst and Diane
and the pool party
At the audition Bob Brooker explains to Diane: "The
two of them with themselves." / On set Adam explains to Camilla:
"The two of you are alone."
Rita says "I thought sleep would do it". Rita
is trying to remember, whereas Diane is trying to forget in her sleep
Broke: Cynthia's declaration to Adam, "You're broke!," as a parallel to Diane's feeling of being broken and beaten by those who have abused her all her life. Diane's just handed her nut over to the hit man. Once Camilla's dead, she's irredeemably broke(n), both materially and
Linney tells Betty there’s a
project she will "kill" / Diane killed the project because she
had the leading lady killed
- Louise wants Betty out of Ruth's apartment - "I want you to get her out!"
- Lorraine throws Adam out of his house - "Get out."
- Betty's character wants dad's best friend to leave - "Get out, get out before I call my dad."
- Diane evicts Camilla from her apartment
- Adam and Camilla at the dinner pool party before their announcement
- Joe's mocking laughter at Diane's question about the blue key
- The elderly couple (Irene and her companion) has an evil mute laugh in the
limo from LAX
- The same elderly couple freaks out the poor Diane by laughing like crazy right
before she commits suicide
At Winkie's: Dan & Herb = analysis of a dream / Betty
& Rita = recalling memories of the
Betty served by Diane
/ Diane served by Betty (indication that Diane was
Dan's heart attack before the Monster behind the
wall / Camilla's shock and awe before the corpse at Sierra Bonita
Aunt Ruth and Betty "swap" places.
Betty arrives from Canada to LAX Airport and goes to
Havenhurst while Aunt Ruth leaves Havenhurst for LAX Airport to leave for
Canada / Diane and Woman in #12 swap apartments at Sierra Bonita. #12 <>
Aunt Ruth helping Betty with apartment / Aunt Ruth helping her with
TSNS director liked her but forced not to pick her / TSNS director didn't
like her (they were different people)
Adam thought she had potential / Adam dealt with her because of
At Pink's the Hitman is asking about a
"brunette" / Woody remembers auditioning with that "black
Hitman an incompetent fool that screwed up Rita's hit by passing it on
Hitman is competent, to Diane's horror and regret
Two men from Adam's bank come looking for him and tell Cookie he's maxed
out and his line of credit has been cancelled / Two detectives come looking for Diane,
who feels she's coming to the end of her rope, with all hope running out
The two detectives who come looking for Diane and interview her neighbor,
De Rosa. / Betty and Rita playing detective, who talk to De Rosa in their search
for Diane Selwyn
Diane masturbates on her ratty couch, sobbing, unable to achieve
orgasm / The fresh-faced Betty reclines on an elegant leather sofa, running her fingers
over the leather while talking to her aunt on the phone about learning her lines
"like a real movie-star."
We can also contrast the bed with the couch. On the bed Betty and Rita are
in love / On the couch she gets rejected and can't even masturbate
Diane on Mulholland Dr., going up the hill hand-in-hand with Camilla to
the party / Rita on Mulholland Dr., going down the hill, injured and disheveled,
after the car accident
In her kitchen Diane wears
a bathrobe that looks like a pale version of the pink bathrobe that Betty
wore in Aunt Ruth's kitchen while practicing her audition scene with Rita.
Standing in her kitchen in that bathrobe seems to be what triggered the
vision of Camilla in the kitchen... Diane's mind is flashing back to the
practice audition scene. When Diane says, "Camilla, you've come
back," that sounds eerily similar to Rita's first line in that practice
audition: "I came back."
Pool guy and Adam's wife gets the best of Adam / Adam gets the best of his
wife and pool guy
In the first part when Betty and
Rita go to Diane's and knock on her door. There's no answer, so they go in
and see the corpse in the bed / At the end there is a knocking at the door right before Diane commits
suicide on the very same bed