Analysis of films: The research paper on Media studies basically aims at analyzing the psychological thrillers. The paper further discusses the concept of neo-noir films with all its characteristics and how they can be applied to the films taken for discussion. The films taken for analytical interpretation are Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, Clockwork Orange, and Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind. Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet both are the films written and directed by David Lynch. Both films are called as Lynch’s masterpiece. Mulholland Drive was released in 2001 while Blue Velvet is the 1986 American film.
Both are mysterious and dark films. Along with the elements of film-noir, both of these films have the attributes of surrealism. Surrealism is the approach advocates the idea of personal and social freedom. This freedom is related with anarchy. Clockwork Orange is comparatively old film which was released in 1971. The film is adapted from Anthony Burgess’ novel “Clockwork Orange” in 1962. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the newest among all the other films. Directed by Michel Gondry, the film was released in 2004.
Mulholland Drive is a dark distressed love story which later on becomes a tale of revenge and a tragic end. The protagonist Dianne is suffering from guilt and the guilt is for murdering her friend Camilla. The strong sense of guilt leads her into extreme mental and emotional breakdown and she ends her life by committing suicide. Diane is always shown as very ambitious and she meets Camilla, who was also a struggler at that time. They fall in love with each other. After some days, Camilla walks out from her life for the sake of a man.
Humiliated and hurt by the separateness of her fiancée, Camilla, Diane hired a man for her murder. After the death of her estranged lover, Diana breaks connection with real world and creates her on world of fantasy and starts living in that world. She thinks herself as Betty and her dead fiancée as Rita. In her fantasy then she feels herself as a successful actress whose affair is with Rita. Rita is no one but Camilla in actual.
The hero of the film is a woman. The dream world is completely contrasted to her real world. Here she is a happy and successful woman whereas in reality she is a failed actress ad cannot establish herself in Hollywood. This frustration also leads her to create her own world of imagination that she is a very successful actress. When the world of fantasy breaks Diane cannot face the reality and she commits suicide.