Monday, 9 October 2017

5 Reasons why Mulholand Drive is Postmodern

- In Mulholland Drive, we can find an example of schizoid postmodernism.

- The use of decentred narrative is the most abundantly postmodern feature of the film. We are led to believe that the film is centred around the bond developing between an aspiring actress new to Hollywood, and the only surving victim of a car crash with memory loss, as the two attempts to solve the mystery of her memory. While the film's fragmented narrative is interspersed scenes of the previously mentioned stories,

-several scenes appear to be independent from the rest of the film are included within the narrative frame as well. The lack of narrative line and some facts that most of the scenes act more as independent vignettes lends to the notion of a decentred narrative.

- The film is considered a pastiche of film noir on several levels. The film is based mainly in the 1950s era, especially with the story taking place in Hollywood. Whilst Mulholland Drive also echoes classic noir in the use of the detective plot during the dream portion of the film.

- The ability to combine many aspects of postmodern film is the sort of blend that is firmly sets in the films in the postmodern realm. Through the use of a decentred narrative and nostalgic feel for film noir that Mulholland Drive is able to be categorised as a postmodern noir film.

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