An incredibly insightful piece on what I think is the best movie ever made about my hometown. I've always thought of MD as a companion piece to Sunset Boulevard (even the title). If SB was about, in part, the violence time & delusion do to those who came to Hollywood seeking success & found it, MD is about the other 99.999%.
Diane's tragedy is having fallen in love with someone whose arc is moving in the opposite direction.
Of course that's an oversimplification. It has a great deal more going on. Each scene is incredible, each could be expanded into a stand-alone motion picture.
It's been a little while since I've seen it. This inspires me to delve into it again.