The Empire of the Mind

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The Empire of the Mind
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Original Release Date:
2006
Original Running Time:
179
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Fanedit Running Time:
263
Time Added:
84
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Brief Synopsis:
The story is entirely a figment of the Polish prostitute ('Lost Girl') who removed the trauma of an abortion and is held prisoner by the guilt of a homicide which she feels responsible for (the wife of her lover). A sinking, a descent into hell (apparently) inevitable.
Intention:
I edited the entire film and the extra material (plus some sequences from the David lynch short 'Rabbits') as a TV show, as a "new" 'Twin Peaks'. Now the movie is a journey into the unconscious of the 'Lost Girl', Making more explicit what was the original intention of Lynch. I made it in 4 episodes: 1) Hollywood´s Dreams 2) Memories of Time 3) The Phantom 4) Writerheads.
Other Sources:
Rabbits
More things that happened
Special Thanks:
Q2
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
I didn't take note of it, but in general the movie is completely reconstrued. Scenes apparently nonsense in the original version, now are inserted in an "intelligible" context. A massive and necessary operation, is crop up more things that happened and adjust the color in some Rabbits scenes.

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So it's been three years since this edit was released and I finally got to watching it.

Inland Empire is my second least favorite Lynch film, the first being Dune. It's not that it's bad, it's just a film I can't crack. A lot of people feel Lynch does a lot of "weird" things, and that his films are hard to decipher. Maybe on first viewing, but usually with a second or third viewing the meaning of the film comes out, or in the very least your interpretation of the film can make sense of it. Not so with Inland Empire. It was famously shot over several years with Lynch handing the actors pages for their scenes the day of shooting, and at three hours long it takes dedication to watch.

This fanedit incorporates nearly an additional hour and a half of footage into the film. ReddinoX wisely decided to break the fanedit up into 4 roughly 60-min. episodes, and I say roughly because I think a 4.5-hr Inland Empire would tests even the most patient Lynch fan.

So the real question is, "Does it work?" I don't know. Having them as episodes makes the film easier to digest, but I don't feel the added material sheds light onto what the narrative is actually trying to tell. And for that reason I found it very difficult to rate the narrative and enjoyment of this fanedit. Also, since there is no shooting script per se, ReddinoX was left to figure out where the deleted scenes should go. Are they were Lynch intended them to be? I don't know, and my gut says probably not, but Inland Empire is such a hodgepodge of a film it doesn't really matter.

As for PQ and AQ I have no complaints. The film was shot on a PD150 (DV) so the PQ is relatively flat and not as good as HD or film is. I can't fault ReddinoX in that regard. It's the nature of the source material. I do feel some of the editing, though, is abrupt and not as solid as it can be. I don't know the theatrical cut of Inland Empire as well as other Lynch films since I don't watch it as regularly, and I think I've only watched the deleted scenes once, when I bought the DVD. Many scenes fade too quickly, though, something Lynch typically doesn't do, so I THINK these were choices done by ReddinoX. I think these could have been slowed down a bit to make them feel more organic to the style of the film.

So do I recommend the edit? If you enjoy Lynch's work then I don't think you'll be disappointed with this edit. The story still doesn't make sense but you get a lot more of Lynch stuff that doesn't make sense, so I guess that's a win. I would, however, recommend taking a break between each episode to give you a chance to absorb what you've experienced.

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