chapter  6
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Patrick Lee Miller MONSTROUS MATURITY ON MULHOLLAND DR

DA V I D L Y N C H C L A I M S that this film is easy to understand,but most of its viewers have disagreed. In an interview, he was asked to explain this disagreement, and responded by comparing film – not just this film, but all film – both to music and dreams.1 Music, he says, is “just an experience,” “it is very far away from words,” and “there’s not an intellectual thing going on.” Film “has those same elements of just experience,” but whether because of the words spoken by the characters, or some other feature that distinguishes it from music, people falsely believe that their experience of a film can be translated into words. Similarly with dreams: “you tell your friend a dream,” Lynch says, “and you can see in the face they don’t understand.”