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Unlocking Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, and the Monstrous Hollywood Dream Machine

Presented with Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Matt Chase - "Mulholland Drive"

This Olio is gonna give you four things.

First you get to watch Mulholland Drive which is basically the best movie of all time. Literally. Fancy-pants people have put it on cinema classic lists, and sometimes it is at the very top.

Second, you know that T-Shirt that says “I get the Muppets on a much deeper level than you?” Well that's gonna be you with this movie. Some people think it's a druggy movie that is not supposed to make sense but I’m going to show you that it is actually a very well built little machine, with a great story, that functions perfectly sensibly once you get past the, you know, insanity.

Third, you will leave with a total understanding of this word “Lynchian” that people throw around when they are talking about art or music or TV or whatever. Like a lot of very smart people – Beckett for example, or Kafka -- Lynch works his shit out by doing variations on a theme over and over. So once you really get one movie in you pocket, all his other movies make a lot more sense. Not 100%. But mostly.

Fourth, we are going to talk about Hollywood, because it turns out that is David Lynch’s real subject. You know the Allegory of the Cave, from Plato, where he compares life to a cave where people sit in the dark and watch the shadows that are cast from a fire behind them, and they mistake the shadows for the real things? Well that's a fucking movie theater, that’s the temple where we all go to worship, that's where our dreams are manufactured, and David Lynch has a few things to say on that subject.

Join us for a four-hour Olio, where we will watch a chunk of the movie, pausing occasionally to look at details, and discuss the chunk we just watched, till it's all over. If you have not seen Mulholland Drive before, see it for the first time here, as I will be enforcing spoilers.




Location: Neuehouse Madison Sq.

110 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

Just a few blocks from Madison Square Park and facing the Lexington Avenue Armory, this house exists as an oasis nestled in the heart of the city. Spread across five floors of a 1913 industrial building, it mixes elements of raw grandeur with bespoke furnishings informed by a domestic sensibility. A careful mix of work and social spaces creates a unique environment that caters to the needs of the modern day media, fashion and design leaders who call Madison Square home while celebrating the building’s lineage as a manufacturing center. It’s the New York workspace redesigned and reimagined.




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