[Daily article] December 19: Mulholland Drive (film)

Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and
directed by David Lynch (pictured) and starring Justin Theroux, Naomi
Watts, Laura Harring, Ann Miller, and Robert Forster. It tells the story
of an aspiring actress named Betty, newly arrived in Los Angeles, who
befriends an amnesiac woman hiding in an apartment that belongs to
Betty’s aunt. The film includes seemingly unrelated vignettes that
eventually interlock, along with darkly comic scenes and images,
presented in Lynch’s signature surreal style. Much of the filming took
place in 1999 as a television pilot. After it was rejected by television
executives, Lynch gave the pilot an ending and completed the project as
a feature film. The cryptic ending, which he declined to explain, has
left the general meaning of the film’s events open to interpretation.
Mulholland Drive was acclaimed by critics and earned award nominations
for Lynch at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and 74th Academy Awards. The
film is now widely regarded as one of his finest works.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nullification Crisis: Vice President of the United States John
C. Calhoun wrote the South Carolina Exposition and Protest to protest
the Tariff of 1828.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a novella about the miser
Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation after being visited by three
Christmas ghosts, was first published.


Second World War: Three Italian Royal Navy divers on manned
torpedoes detonated limpet mines on British Royal Navy ships, sinking
two battleships.


Irish-born British physician John Bodkin Adams was arrested in
connection with the suspicious deaths of more than 160 of his patients,
although he was only convicted on minor charges.


Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev released dissident Andrei
Sakharov after six years of internal exile in Gorky.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(slang) Balderdash!, nonsense!, rubbish!

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may
be, that in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to
live than millions like this poor man’s child. Oh God! to hear the
Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry
brothers in the dust.  
–A Christmas Carol

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