Lost Highway Trailer (via Yun05)
"In his much underrated The Lost Highway, David Lynch transposes the vertical into the horizontal: social reality (the everyday aseptic/impotent modern couple) and its ‘repressed’ fantasmatic supplement (the noir universe of forbidden masochistic passions and Oedipal triangles) are directly posited one next to the other, as two alternate universes. This co-existence and mutual envelopment of different universes led some New Age tilted reviewers to claim that The Lost Highway moves at a more fundamental psychic level than that of unconscious fantasizing of one subject: at a level, closer to the mind of ‘primitive’ civilizations, of reincarnation, of double identities, of being reborn as a different person, etc. Against this ‘multiple reality’ talk, one should insist on the fact that the fantasmatic support of reality is in itself necessarily multiple and inconsistent."
Slavoj Zizek on LOST HIGHWAY, my favorite Lynch. What I can’t seem to find among the critics is an elucidation of what makes this, really, a horror film: a meditation on Barthes’ lover’s Agony (“angoisse / anxiety; The amorous subject, according to one contingency or another, feels swept away by the fear of a danger, an injury, an abandonment, a revulsion — a sentiment he expresses under the name of anxiety”) and Catastrophe (“Violent crisis during which the subject, experiencing the amorous situation as a definitive impasse, a trap from which he can never escape, sees himself doomed to total destruction.”)
In Lynch’s book CATCHING THE BIG FISH, he hints at this a little bit:
"At the time Barry Gifford and I were writing the script for ‘Lost Highway,’ I was sort of obsessed with the O.J. Simpson trial. Barry and I never talked about it this way, but I think the film is somehow related to that. What struck me about O.J. Simpson was that he was able to smile and laugh. He was able to go golfing with seemingly very few problems about the whole thing. I wondered how, if a person did these deeds, he could go on living. And we found this great psychology term — ‘psychogenic fugue’ — describing an event where the mind tricks itself to escape some horror. So, in a way, ‘Lost Highway’ is about that. And the fact that nothing can stay hidden forever."