was a three episode 1993 HBO television series
produced by David Lynch
(who directed two of them). Each drama takes place in the same New York City
hotel room (number 603 of the Railroad Hotel) at different times (1969
, and 1936
Barry Gifford wrote, and David Lynch directed, the first and third episodes; Jay McInerney wrote, and James Signorelli directed, the second. The series was produced by Deepak Nayar; executive producers were Monty Montgomery and David Lynch. Music was by frequent Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti.
Each episode began with the following narration: "For a millennium the space for the hotel room existed – undefined. Mankind captured it and gave it shape and passed through. And sometimes when passing through, brushing up against the secret names of truth."
The only consistent characters in each episode are a maid (played by Camilla Overbye Roos
) and a bellboy (played by Clark Heathcliffe Brolly
Episode 1: Tricks
Moe arrives at the Railroad Hotel where he and a hooker named Darlene are shown to the hotel room: 603. Before Moe can act, a man from his past named Lou arrives at the room and takes control of the situation, to the detriment of Moe.
Starring Harry Dean Stanton
, Glenne Headly
, and Freddie Jones
Episode 2: Getting Rid of Robby
Sasha arrives in room 603, and receives a phone call of her friends (Tina and Diane) who are in the hall and ask to him whether they can go up. Then a great discussion begins about the future of Sasha.....Will she marry Robert? Each one emits her point of view.....then Robert comes...
Starring Deborah Unger
, Griffin Dunne
, Chelsea Field
, and Mariska Hargitay
Episode 3: Blackout
A significant power failure occurs in New York; a man (Danny) enters his room with food and finds his wife on the settee in the darkness with a hand on her eyes. The couple begin to speak and it is revealed that the woman has a mental problem because of the death of her son two years previously. A doctor shows up to see if all is well...
Starring Crispin Glover
and Alicia Witt
The teleplays for the Barry Gifford
written episodes were published as a book by University Press of Mississippi
titled Hotel Room Trilogy: Tricks - Blackout - Mrs. Kashfi