demon night

Lucas 2022-04-21 09:01:47

The home of a jazz musician and his wife has been receiving anonymous tapes of their daily lives. One morning, he was put on death row when a videotape recorded a musician dismembering his wife. Then, the plot took a sharp turn, like a nightmare alternating between reality and dream. The musician turns into a repairman, dates a porn star who looks exactly like his wife, then kills her lover and her boss with the mysterious, spooky old man, before running away on the highway. Of course, the pale old man with no eyebrows disappeared in the end. In fact, he was a devil with anxiety and fear of Cui Sheng.

The plot is broken up and reassembled fragments, strange video tapes, pornographic girlfriends, mysterious old man at a strange party, the unknown words behind the doorbell, the burning wooden house in the dark desert, a hotel called Lost Highway, constantly. Forgotten past, homicide, sex, violence, anxiety, psychological compensation, personality structure, David Lynch seems to know Freudian psychoanalysis well. From it, two movies related to psychology were derived, Mulholland Road and Yaoye Panic. Mulholland Road watched it first, and after reading it, I found Freud's introduction on the Internet to get a general idea. The director played everything skillfully, and repeated these theories with his film.

Like most of his films, it's spooky and avant-garde, with dark and gorgeous tones, and the plot is chaotic enough that you can only imagine the general veins when you regroup after watching all the content. It feels like deciphering a code, obscure, dismantling, reorganizing, and prepositioning. The film is always easy to drive people crazy, leaving room for speculation and imagination, and it is a little more interesting when you finish watching it. The Mulholland Drive I watched earlier also felt good, about dreams, wish fulfillment, dream modification, impressions, id and ego. This is David Lynch's follow-up to Lost Highway.

I also watched The Elephant Man recently, which is probably the least personal style of his films. Winning with the plot is different from his other works, at least I am still difficult to be moved.

It can be seen that the two films of David Lynch are highly respected for Freud. The beginning and end of the film are also very unique. An inexplicable voice behind the doorbell tells that someone is dead, but looking around, there is no one outside the sunny door. When the film is about to end, the musician goes home and presses it. The doorbell, repeating the sentence at the beginning, repeating the same scene over and over again, like a long-established ending in reality.

A very talented director, besides being a filmmaker, he is also a painter and musician. Can you imagine it?

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Extended Reading

Lost Highway quotes

  • Fred Madison: What are you going to do?

    Renee Madison: Stay home. Read.

    Fred Madison: Read? Read what?

  • Mr. Eddy: You and me, mister... We can really out-ugly them sum'bitches... Can't we?