Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive


  • Murat Akser Kadir Has University



Zizek, David, Lynch, psychoanalysis


This is a reading of David Mulholland Drive through psychoanalytic approach of Lacan from the perspective of formation of fantasy and shifting identities. Lynch constructs his films consciously choosing his themes from the sub(versive/conscious) side of human mind. Previous attempts to read Lynch's films are fixed around the idea that Lynch is using film genres to create postmodern pastiches. Mulholland Drive has been analyzed several times from different approaches ranging from gender (Love, 2004), narratology (Lentzner, 2005; McGowan, 2004; Cook, 2011). Elements of film noir, musical, caper films can be identified in Lynch’s films. This detailed textual analysis intends to rationalize Lynch’s narrative structure through Lacanian terms in reference to Zizekian terminology.


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How to Cite

Akser, M. (2012). Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 2(1), 58–76.