After Rita uses the key to open the blue box, the camera moves into the opening in the top of the box and is subsumed by the darkness inside. The film impels us to experience briefly the void that exists between fantasy and desire,

but we are quickly thrust into the world of desire, in which the woman who owns the apartment- Betty’s aunt in the fantasy-walks in; there is no trace of either Rita or Betty.

only by insisting on fantasy to the end can one arrive at the experience of silence.

– TODD MCGOWAN on Mulholland Drive

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