Sunday, November 18, 2007

100 Greatest Movie Posters: #79 - Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive (2001)
Directed by David Lynch
Unknown Designer
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - Germany

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So, my general feelings towards the posters of David Lynch films is this: The American versions are usually a load of crap or just generally unspectacular. The international versions on the other hand are usually amazing. Case in point Mulholland Drive. And Blue Velvet, and Inland Empire, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, and Wild at Heart and... well, see for yourself.

It's not that I don't like the American posters for Mulholland Drive (the Naomi Watts featured one is right there on the left, which you can click to view larger) it's just that compared to the design that was used for parts of Europe and Australia, they don't work nearly as well. The American design represents the scarier, seedier, darker side of Mulholland Drive, which - it must be stated - is perhaps the "true" side of Mulholland Drive, but to me the reasons why David Lynch's magnum opus is so amazing are encapsulated in this poster. It's dreamy. It's drowning in classic moviedome. It's eerily sexy. It has the film's classic Hollywood fixation covered and it tantalises the viewer.

It even features one of those rare occurances where the poster features a movie still actually decently incorporated into the design. But it's the perfect movie still to choose, showing off the desirability of Watts and Laura Elena Harring, while featuring them in a pose that has an air of mystery. The poster doesn't scream at you that the film is dark, unlike the American designs, but it subtly suggests that if you follow Mulholland Dr. (including the road in the poster design is truly ace) you could come upon anything.

I really think this design - I wish I could find an Australian version outside of the flyer that is floating around - is demonstrative of the film it's advertising, rather than the other designs. Don't you think?


Paxton Hernandez said...

It's a great, great, great poster. And it's the one that we got here as well. Weee! = )

Paxton Hernandez said...

WOW, Glenn. So glad, Word Verification is GONE!

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