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Feature Film - Lost Highway

Lost Highway (1997)
Starring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robert Loggia, Robert Blake, Gary Busey, Richard Pryor and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

Written and directed by David Lynch.

Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent.

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Lost Highway to Nowhere
By Desson Howe - Washington Post, February 28, 1997

In Lost Highway,David Lynch dabbles in spooky, chilly implication and a sort of hip incoherence. There are pregnant, sustained silences between principals Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette, a married couple to whom weird things are about to happen.

There’s an inexplicable murder; there are bizarre dreams, out-of-body experiences and a gnomelike figure (played by Robert Blake) who seems to be orchestrating everything.

This is a head scratcher, all right. And Lynch, who wrote this with Barry Gifford (who wrote the novel Wild at Heart, which Lynch also adapted), doesn’t seem hard pressed to explain it.

Lost Highway
By Janet Maslin - New York Times, February 21, 1997

Some artists have to strain for the shock effects that leave a spectator haunted and unnerved. Not David Lynch. The unnatural is second nature for Lynch, whose twisted, libidinous imagery yields nightmare films of such strange and menacing flair. At their evil best, which is also their worst, they leave you in no great hurry to be alone in the dark.

"It's like when you are sitting alone, you sometimes have the feeling that there are different parts of you," Lynch has said, explaining the state of mind summoned by his new film. "There are certain things that you can do, and there are certain things that you would never do unless there was a part of you that took over."

That's reason either to see Lynch's coolly ominous, attention-getting Lost Highway or to dial 911

Director Lynch used This Mortal Coil's version of Song to the Siren. Per 4AD Records'
longstanding policy, the song does not appear on the Fontana/Interscope soundtrack CD.

Due to adult content, this clip has been edited from full length.
A longer version of Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil can be heard here.


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