garethw wrote:My assertion is that there are many clues to the first part being a dream in the first part. It suggests to me that it was always intended.
But it wasn't. We do know that.
From what I remember the only things Lynch added to the first part are the pillow scene and the dance contest, which are clues. But he came up with the dream idea after the pilot was shot, and honestly, it was the only way to conclude a pilot episode in a satisfying manner : saying it's a dream and giving strong, moving meaning to that dream in relation to the main character.
garethw wrote:To me, that's an interpretation.
True. I didn't explain myself properly .
What I meant is, that it's easy to follow the movie. We can wonder what it means in a higher sense, but the action itself is clear, even if weird. Whereas in Mulholland Drive, if you don't understand the first part is Betty's Dream, or the BOB/Leland thing in FWWM, it doesn't make much sense, it doesn't work. That's why Lynch doesn't hide them and often tries to hint at those things in a very strong way, for example in Lost Highway Fred flat out says he likes to remember things his own way, which a very peculiar thing to say to officers, the movie starts with "I'm deranged", etc.
So I agree with Buck's Student when he says Lynch doesn't ever hides what's really going on, what I said for Eraserhead is picking the movie as it is coming : the dream or daydream scenes are shot in a rather explicit way, often showing Henry afterwards in a dreamy mood, sometimes even in bed. Those conclusions are taken from what's shown in the movie without trying to find clues or allegories very far, nothing is really "hidden" when you compare the film and the interpretation I wrote.