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David Lynch's Lady Blue Shanghai

Marion Cotillard stars in David Lynch’s Shanghai-set contribution to Dior’s ongoing auteur-driven internet promo shorts. The FT’s Nicola Copping writes, “They called me up and said, ‘Would you like to make a short film for the internet? You can do anything you want, you just need to show the handbag, the Pearl Tower and some old Shanghai.’” For Lynch, it is clear the lines will continue to blur. “This falls between a regular film and a commercial. I liked that idea. There are ads and people get hit hard, and then there is this, where it is like coming at it from a different angle.” … It’s the third “Lady Dior” noir shorts, which all feature Cottilard, and began in May 2009 with Lady Noire, directed by La Vie en Rose‘s Olivier Dahan. “Lynch’s Lady Blue is twelve, enigmatic, weird but wonderful minutes crammed with Lynchian leitmotifs – flashing lights, flashbacks and a haunting soundtrack.”

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