Why does Adam in place of Bob Brooker direct the "Sylvia North Story" in Diane's dream?
What we deal here with is a shift of identities.
and Camilla met on 'TSNS' directed by Bob
Brooker. Camilla got the lead and played
off well while Diane was rejected for her apparent lack of talent. Camilla and
Diane became friends/lovers and since Camilla managed to get Diane bit parts in
some of her subsequent films. That's what we learn at the dinner
Dream: In Diane's dream identities got twisted up. Bob Brooker, an acclaimed director whose film 'TSNS' can certainly be called a master piece, is now miming a hapless and inept third-rate director, whose flicks don't even make it to the big screen. He only speaks when being prompted and fails to recognize the great talent of Betty where everyone else thinks she got star power. This is Diane's way of expressing her dislike for how Brooker once spoiled her carrier.
Bob's real-life part as the director of 'TSNS' is now played by Adam Kesher. Diane dooms him for intruding into her affairs with Camilla. So she lets him experience her own downward path in Hollywood - which essentially incorporates being cheated, losing control, going broke. This way Diane obtains gratification for Adam stealing away Camilla and leaving her life in a mess.
Is Diane so blinded by hatred that it has blurred her perceptions that she can't really distinguish between the two directors, both of whom wronged her, making them as one in her own mind? Or is she, by intermingling Adam and Bob Brooker, envisioning that directors, just as talented actresses such as she, are really just another of the many cogs in the Hollywood film industry machine that are interchangeable and at the mercy of the powerful, sinister, non-artistic, behind the scenes forces who are truly in control of her and others "reality"? - (GoldenBear)
Note the duality:
Another explanation is simply that Kesher was replaced by Brooker. When Adam acted out at the meeting, he was told that it was no longer his film, and then Ray asked Roque if he wanted him replaced, adding "... I know they said ...", and Roque says, "Then?" (that is, self evident). So he was ordered back to work because all those people and all that money were involved in the casting and he was permitted to go through the motions of casting the lead. But after his behavior toward the Castiglianes, his presence as director would not be tolerated. During the auditions, in the background, Linney is talking to Ray. Maybe he told her his problems with Kesher and she put a bug in his ear about Brooker, who she figured was probably going to be looking for another job soon anyway. - (Berny_Elms)
The Sylvia North Story through Diane's distorted point of view - (22cute)
Throughout the film, we see either Betty or Diane auditioning for, taken to audition for, or appearing in three "different" movies. I believe all three movies were intended to represent The Sylvia North Story through Diane's distorted point of view, for various reasons.
A strong streak of betrayal - (eel)
At the party, Diane has come to the realisation that she has lost everything. She was initially happy to forget her career because she had something better. The love turned out to be empty so there was nothing left. Diane sees the ultimate betrayal as she realises she lost her career because of Camilla's false love.
Not only does this memory of Diane's [convertible scene] show us that Camilla and Adam have begun flirting openly with each other, and perhaps they are already in a relationship, but the scene also shows us that Camilla enjoys making Diane watch her in this type of situation. This is our first real indication that Camilla may have been subjecting Diane to some type of emotional abuse for her own satisfaction. And it seems clear that Camilla is also showing Diane how she is promoting her career by flirting with the director. It is a self-promotion that is wildly successful, as we find out with the all but certain announcement of her engagement to Adam at the dinner party. - (Alan Shaw)
Who is Sylvia North?
As far as I can tell, there has never been an actual film made called "The Sylvia North Story." But interestingly enough, in 1965, during the possible time period of the songs sung during the audition, there was a movie called "Sylvia." The title character's full name was Sylvia West, and the movie recounts how the title character was raped by her step-father at the age of 14, and how she became a prostitute when she was older. She survived her ordeals while she was a prostitute through her close friendships with other women, and she ultimately leaves prostitution and goes on to become a successful poet. Except for the ending, the story is amazingly like the life story of Diane, who you could say was the Sylvia who came from the north. Thus, we get Sylvia North. - (Alan Shaw)
Thread: Sylvia - (gandalf36)
The name Sylvia means "woman of the forest", and Diane is associated with the woods and countryside in a number of ways. First and most obviously, Betty's last name is
Elms. Further, the movie makes a visual association between Diane and palm trees, evidently an association with
Laura Palmer via a play on the name Palmer. Another visual association is Diane's tree-shaped red lamp.
Sylvia North sounds like a fake name Hollywood produces for real ones. Heck it sounds a bit like a porn name versus something classy, a bit of phallic humor perhaps a la Peter North. I don't think the evidence supports that Lynch is single threaded on much of anything so it is likely that it represents a mish-mash of ideas. - (ctyankee)
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Sylvia North was somehow associated with Canada, just as Diane is. In that case the question remains as to why clearly Hispanic Camilla was cast in the role. And even if Sylvia North isn't supposed to be Canadian, there is still the question as to why two actresses as dissimilar as Diane and Camilla (one Hispanic, one Canadian) both ended up auditioning for the role. We're talking about a movie where the background of the protagonist is supposed to be known, at least to some degree.