Friday, September 2, 2011
Posted by Anna Macoboy
Mulholland Drive is a film that freaked me out. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the scariest film I've ever seen. Not horror scary, but whaaat the hell is going on?!?! scary. And probably the scariest bit was the scene in Club Silencio, where Betty and Rita watch some truly bizarre performances involving dwarves, backwards talking and a rendition of Roy Orbison's "Crying" that still makes it hard for me to listen to that song! So maybe David Lynch's new Parisian nightclub - also called Silencio and inspired by the club in the film - wouldn't be the best place for me to hang out. But it does look pretty amazing! Located down six (!) flights of stairs in a building in rue de Montmarte that is steeped in history, the club features furniture designed by Lynch himself. In fact, he has overseen every aspect of the club in an attempt to "coax out some of the atmosphere and the characters from my films, and even from my music."
With smoked glass walls, gilded mandalas, black on black toilets and chairs designed to "induce and sustain a specific state of alertness and openness to the unknown", it certainly sounds like a pretty extraordinary place...and maybe if I took along a friend or two, I wouldn't be that scared!
*Images and quotes from The Guardian.