Silencio has another riddle to pose - the Blue Haired Lady. Aloof in her
"box" above the stage, she sits quietly but imperiously,
garishly made-up and crowned with a bizarre head of electric blue hair.
While neither her presence nor purpose are ever explained, her single
line of dialogue brings the film to a close. She may be the mistress of
Club Silencio, she may be a favored patron, or she may be an idealized
form of the monster - especially if we see the monster as a minister of
secrets, functioning as a merciless agent of self-realization. If Club
Silencio is the universal image of Diane's personal blue box, its Blue
Haired Lady could be the Queen of Monsters. After all, both Lady and
monster reappear in the last few minutes of the film. Perhaps
"Silencio" is not only an artistic statement, but a Zen-like
instruction as well, echoing the many mystical beliefs relating silence
with wisdom and understanding.
She is the forth
reality in the movie, and that is the reality that is not the movie. The last
images of the movie are from a blue hair woman in the theater, reminding us
that films are all illusions and that we should live our lives in the real
real world. Just as Diane’s fantasies are filled with corny movie dialog and
plot twists, just as she identifies with the movie star Camilla to the point
of obsession, just as she loses everything trying to be a Hollywood actress,
we too live in danger of seeing ourselves and our lives in relationship to the
fictions of the movies and stars. The movie becomes a warning tale. Tune out
the media and try, instead, "silencio." - (David14)
Blue-Haired Lady a guardian?
magician makes us believe in things that do not exist and in events that are
not happening, and the Blue Lady reigns supreme over the magician and the
stage: in the darkness of the balcony and nearly unseen, she owns the Club!
At the end, the stage is empty, there is no magician and no audience and no
sound, not even "recorded". Only she, still and silent, remains. And
she is the one that utters the last command/word/sound. She does not represent
death because she does not belong to this side, the only side where death
happens and is real. For us she is the only "thing" that is not an
illusion; she is the guardian of the real and as such of what is by
nature forever inaccessible to us. If she feels so "creepy" to
us, it's not because of what she may represent, but because we already know
deep down as certain that she is the one we cannot go beyond, even after
death, and that she, in her stolid silence, is the one that "knows"
that what we will never know.
The Blue Lady represents the vortexing but impregnable "closure" of
"this side", of our space-time, outside of which we just are not.
She represents the Unknown that surrounds us like a wall and from which we
cannot escape alive or dead. She's horrifying because she's the palpable
representation that, ultimately we know nothing and will never know what we
most wanted – and needed – to know and, next to her, all we are and see
and imagine to exist, is really "the stuff dreams are made on": the
haze and smoke and silence that surrounds her mystery. - (brazilnutfox)
Blue-Haired Lady = God?
Why would Diane have her sitting up on the balcony like that?
Diane's dream is full of images of people in 'high places.' Mr. Roque, the Castigliane Bros, the Cowboy (who even lives at the
top of Beechwood Canyon). Throughout the dream there seems to be someone (or something)
manipulating every event.
The point of these images I think is to emphasize an important theme of Diane's fantasy: Nothing that has gone wrong in her life was her fault. Her tragedy was preordained by forces beyond her control.
Having someone 'overseeing' the events at Silencio makes sense in that context. The blue-haired lady seems unique though, because she doesn't seem malevolent. She gets the last word of the film, "Silencio," and in saying it seems to pity Diane.
I think Diane creates her as a sympathetic but powerless observer. Maybe she's Diane's idea of God, who can watch but not take part in human affairs,
the magician is her idea of Satan, who has more influence over people (he makes Betty shake). Considering the state of Diane's life, it makes sense that God is up in the background while Satan takes center stage at Silencio.
I wonder if the blue haired lady is a goddess motif. She presides over the events of Club Silencio without intervention, appearing to be moved by the plight of those observing their illusions fall away.
This is further enhanced by the ending, which shows the idealized Betty and Rita together in complete and utter eternal happiness while the blue wig lady says
Her blue hair is an indication that she is from the realm of the metaphysical, or representative of it as that shade of blue is associated with the mystical. The blue box and key are therefore also metaphysical.
Blue-Haired Lady = Camilla?
the Lady in Club Silencio portraying Camilla in her afterlife? Considerations:
another person uttering "Silencio" - Rita. She was the one who
insistently repeated this word, which took the girls to the club. Apart
from Rebekah Del Rio, Camilla is the only female character that we know
speaking Spanish. And the movie ends with the same word said probably by
the same person.
is wearing a blond wig - the Lady in Club Silencio a blue one. The color blue provides
an indication of the harsh reality that Diane tries to escape: Camilla's
death. So the blue wig is connected to the blue key that the hitman left
for Diane, indicating Camilla's death as well as the blue box that is
found by Betty symbolizing the truth that finally will be unlocked.
Camilla is dead
- so it makes sense for her to sit in the balcony of Club Silencio looking down on
everyone, similar to someone in heaven looking down.
Also, the end of the movie would suggest she is an incarnation of
Camilla/Rita because of the shining earring as the final scene fades
out, echoing the missing earring the detectives found in the car
after the accident.
But the lady with the blue hair needs an old theater with a box seat that overhangs the stage to impart her particular truth. This is because her truth involves death, and in particular death by assassination.
was in a box seat like this, in a theater like this, that Abraham Lincoln,
who had a prominent mole in the same place as the woman with the blue
hair, was assassinated. To really understand this connection, we must
remember that Diane's fantasy starts off with a scene that involves the
attempted assassination of Rita. Rita survives that assassination because
of an accident that was lucky for her, but her left ear is wounded and
bloodied because her pearl
earring was torn off. These details are significant due to the fact
that Lincoln was shot right behind his left ear, and the gun was a small
Derringer which some reports maintain had a white pearl handle. Moreover,
the limousine that Rita was in at the time of the assassination attempt
and accident was a Lincoln, even though the detectives who later
investigate the scene call it a "Caddy." Like the magician
before her, the woman with the blue hair shows up to uncover a reality
that Diane has repressed. Camilla, like Lincoln, did not survive the
assassination attempt. So the implication is that Rita's miraculous
survival is just yet another misleading illusion.
- (Alan Shaw)
Blue-Haired Lady = Aunt Ruth?
I believe it makes perfect sense that she is Aunt Ruth. The reason for her blue hair can be explained. The club's interior is almost all red, just like her hair, but you'll notice that the club sometimes is flooded with strange blue light. As Aunt Ruth has the only balcony seat, we can assume that she holds a special place in the club, and therefore her hair has turned from red to blue (she has been tainted with the guilt of silence). The absence of her scarf could indicate that she has been stripped of her pride which forced silence upon Diane. Also, it would be a dead giveaway that she was Aunt Ruth if she wore a scarf. Lynch is far too abstract for that.
- (Mark Beers)
People suggested that Diane was abused by her Uncle when she was younger, and
her aunt, having found out about her husband and Diane, went to her death bed without mentioning it to anyone
("Silencio") and thus made it to hell. (»Hell
OK - so where is Aunt Ruth? We think she could be in hell. When we twin this theory with the suggestion that most of the film takes place after Diane kills herself (and therefore after Camille dies also) we can see Club Silencio as a kind of hell
(or maybe heaven?) After all, Rebekah Del Rio is claimed to be "LA LLORONA DE LOS ANGELES"
(Cryer of the Angels) so she literally sings/lip-syncs to Angels/dead people/Diane/Betty/Aunt
Ruth. So where is Aunt Ruth in the club? People think she is the blue haired lady who oversees the performances (so much for her "pretty red hair").
Could Ruth, tainted by guilt/secrets/red hair during life, have been forgiven in the afterlife
(hence the transformation of her hair from red to blue).
Maybe the earring the
Blue-haired Lady has at the end and the Lincoln reference are Aunt Ruth taking responsibility for Camilla’s death,
too - after all, why would Camilla have her earring restored to her in hell? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate as a symbol of the weight of sin? Aunt Ruth is responsible for both these deaths and we see Diane and Camilla in heaven together.
Aunt Ruth walks in as the dream falls apart;
The Blue-haired lady appears as the movie ends.
The last of David Lynch's clues asks the question, “Where is Aunt Ruth?” and the last scene of the movie presents us with the Blue Haired Woman.
The final scene
we see is at Club Silencio, and a blue haired lady is there who we also saw in
the earlier Club Silencio scene. She has the final word, "Silencio,"
which simply means "silence" in Spanish. Whereas before the idea of
silence involved the notion that there was only the Hollywood pretense of
stardom, love and innocence for Diane when none of it was real, now the idea
of silence seems to instead involve the concept that nothing more can be said.
Here at the end of the movie I believe that Lynch pays homage to Shakespeare,
as we are reminded of Hamlet's dying words to Horatio, "The rest is
It is a line that is considered by many to be Shakespeare's thoughts on the conceptual nature of Plays and Writings, Films and Stories... as far as we are concerned, nothing else happens after the curtains draw shut.
- (Alan Shaw)
a quick note on the final word in Mulholland Drive, regarding another film
ending on the same word, Le Mepris (aka
Contempt), in which the call for silence
(in Italian rather than Spanish, albeit with the same pronunciation) comes
from a director's assistant (?) as a scene is about to be filmed for a movie. As a second point, why would someone in a theatre ask for
Both of these suggest that the show is just about to start. The Blue Haired
Lady is breaking the spell of the film and speaking directly to the viewer -
she is urging silence before a performance, which is real life, the life we
engage in when we leave the theater. -
The Blue-Haired Lady is played by Cori Glazer, a member of the film crew (credited
as SCRIPT SUPERVISOR). »MD