Lost in Darkness and Confusion: Lost Highway, Lacan, and film noir

28 February 1999

Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) in David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997) is suffering from a crisis of personal identity. Fred is a typical film noir hero, inhabiting the doomed and desolate world of Lost Highway, characterised by an excess of sexuality, darkness and violence. However in Lost Highway Lynch has pushed the usual Oedipal themes and stylistic elements of film noir to the limits by portraying the world through the eyes of Fred Madison – a misogynist schizophrenic.

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