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Monday June 1st 2020

Lost Highway | 1997

Lost Highway location: Senalda Road, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Lost Highway location: the home of Fred and Renee Madison: Senalda Road, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles

David Lynch’s foray into fluid identities is his most disturbing and successful effort since Blue Velvet.

The home of Fred (Bill Pullman) and Renee Madison (Patricia Arquette), where they start to receive disturbing video cassettes, was owned by director Lynch himself. It was claimed he also designed it, but since it was built in 1957 – when he was 12 years old – he’s either more of a prodigy than we knew or maybe he did some remodelling since he bought it.

Tucked discreetly away in the Hollywood Hills, though not as far from the heart of Tinseltown than you might think, it’s 7035 Senalda Road, off Mulholland Drive (good name for a film, what?), just beneath the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, and only a couple of doors away from a house belonging to director Roland Emmerich.

Lost Highway location: Firestone Garage, South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Lost Highway location: ‘Arnie’s’ garage: Firestone Garage, South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles

‘Arnie’s’, the garage run by Richard Pryor, where Pete Dayton (Balthazar Getty) works, is the 1937 deco Firestone Garage, 800 South La Brea Avenue at Eighth Street, midtown Los Angeles.

Lost Highway location: Death Valley Junction, California
Lost Highway location: the ‘Lost Highway Hotel’: Death Valley Junction, California

The desert locale is Silurian Dry Lake, east of Route 127, between Baker and Shoshone in the Mojave Desert.

The ‘Lost Highway Hotel’ itself is a conflation of two buildings. The corridors are the Amargoso Hotel, Death Valley Junction, a tiny, one-street town on Route 127, north of Shoshone near the Nevada border. The exterior is the more photogenic Death Valley Building, directly opposite (seen also in the original 1986 film of The Hitcher).