Lost Highway, David Lynch’s 1997 neo-noir film, is returning to theaters in 4K restoration. The film will be released on June 24 at the Lincoln Centre in New York and the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles. Lynch himself supervises the restored version.
Lynch and Barry Gifford collaborated on the script. The psychological thriller is created by the director from an inventory of visuals and tells two different but intersecting stories. First, a jazz musician is accused of murdering his wife, whom he suspects of having an extramarital affair. In the other scenario, a young mechanic gets dragged into a web of lies and deception by a woman who is cheating on her mafia lover. The two stories are connected by the fact that the woman in both stories is played by Patricia Arquette.
Lynch created a noir hopeless and dreary universe filled with excess darkness, eroticism, and violence. The film received mixed reviews from reviewers and audiences at first, but it is now considered a cult masterpiece. During its three-week theatrical run, the film grossed $3.7 million in the United States. Lynch’s Lost Highway was the first of three Los Angeles-set films, which were followed by Mulholland Drive in 2001 and Inland Empire in 2006. Olga Neuwirth, an Austrian composer, also transformed the film into an opera.
The cult-favorite also stars Bill Pullman as musician Fred Madison, Balthazar Getty as young mechanic Pete Dayton, and Robert Blake as Mystery Man, in addition to Arquette as Renee Madison/Alice Wakefield. It also stars Natasha Gregson Wagner as Sheila, Gary Busey as Bill Dayton, and Robert Loggia as Dick Laurent.
Mary Sweeney, Tom Sternberg, and Deepak Nayar produced the film. The film includes an original background score composed by Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson, as well as contributions by The Smashing Pumpkins, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, and Marilyn Manson.