Well, let's remember "Mulholland Drive" was first supposed to be the pilot of a series... so David Lynch probably had tons of ideas about who the characters were and what they lived through and what was supposed to happen to them. So maybe he did think of something like that, consciously or not, and left it there even though it didn't have time to resurface since playtime got cut to a movie length and not a series length any more. There is little doubt he had to hold back.
I'm sorry if I gave the impression the discussion wasn't worth having or the point was totally irrelevant. There are things I'm not sure how to interpret in "Mulholland Drive", even though the bulk of the movie is clear, and the "series pilot turned into a movie" format does leave a lot of things to guess. Diane does
seem to be a very troubled person, and her failure at Hollywood and her losing her love to a movie director seems to be a bit short explanation to the state we find her in and the terrible decision she makes. Drug abuse ? Troubled past ? Fragile psychology ? We'll never know.
Yet, the Cenci picture was shot when the project was still a series pilot. What would it mean ? Maybe it was supposed to be about aunt Ruthie ? Or Betty's uncle, or her father ? Maybe it was about Coco ? Maybe it was about another character, or maybe Lynch just found it was a pretty picture, or like with Frank Silva he felt it was interesting without knowing yet what to do with it and in the end it doesn't lead anywhere, or maybe it was there in the natural set before they shot anything and they left it there ?
On the whole, I admit I'm a bit reluctant to find too much "hidden things" in David Lynch. Many theories go way too wild IMO, like Lost Highway being Renee's dream all along, or "Mulholland Drive" being about Dan being a gay man and the whole film being his dream after he passes out. I'm against the (alas popular) idea that Lynch's films are "Rorschach blots", pretty objects that anybody can understand in any way : on the whole Lynch's films have a clear structure and a very clear plot that's supposed to be understood. And the way Lynch works makes details sometimes just be details. Let's remember the Black Lodge became the Red Room shortly before Lynch shot the last episode, or how BOB started by accident. Let's remember the Red Room was just some inspiration Lynch had while putting his hands on a hot car and it's only very later that they wrote it so that it made sense, to become one of the major moments of cinema and a very meaningful place in "Fire Walk with Me".
Now, I understand the conversation has turned into interesting side aspects of characters, and the way "Mulholland Drive" was shot does leave things open. Still, I'm a bit annoyed when I read "I have seen the assertion made that Diane is Rita." No, just no. "Mulholland Drive", like many other Lynch films, is filled with strong, clear hints about what's going on, and Diane dreams that she is Betty.
Oops, I see I've gone a bit longer than I thought
! In a nutshell, I didn't want to give the impression I was against speculating on characters and trying to find meanings, it's just that I think it happens too often against the main, clear storyline - even though it isn't the case here. We see not enough of Diane and speculating on her character is interesting.
Thanks a lot, garethw. I'm currently hard at work to improve the site and add more text content, a bigger Red Room with more surprises, and I plan on making "Rabbits" parts and maybe INLAND EMPIRE.