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Inland Empire

David Lynch's first digital video (2006) is his best and most experimental feature since Eraserhead (1978). Shot piecemeal over at least a year and without a script, this 179-minute meditation builds on Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) as a sinister and critical portrait of Hollywood. But it resists any narrative paraphrase, with several overlapping premises rather than a single consecutive plot. Laura Dern plays an actress who's been cast in a new feature, as well as a battered housewife and a hooker; there are also Polish characters and a sitcom with giant rabbits in human clothes. The visual qualities include impressionistic soft-focus colors, expressionistic lighting, and disquietingly huge close-ups. With Justin Theroux, Jeremy Irons, Karolina Gruszka, Harry Dean Stanton, and Grace Zabriskie. In English and subtitled Polish.



  • David Lynch


  • Laura Dern
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Harry Stanton
  • Justin Theroux
  • Terryn Westbrook
  • Julia Ormond
  • Peter J. Lucas
  • Grace Zabriskie
  • Ian Abercrombie
  • Diane Ladd
  • William Macy
  • Karolina Gruszka
  • Krzysztof Majchrzak
  • Mary Steenburgen
  • Nastassja Kinski
  • Laura Harring
  • Naomi Watts
  • Scott Coffey


  • David Lynch


  • Mary Sweeney
  • David Lynch
  • Marek Zydowicz

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