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Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet finds David Lynch back on familiar, strange, territory. Picture takes a disturbing and at times devastating look at the ugly underside of Middle American life.

Blue Velvet finds David Lynch back on familiar, strange, territory. Picture takes a disturbing and at times devastating look at the ugly underside of Middle American life.

The modest proportions of the film are just right for the writer-director’s desire to investigate the inexplicable demons that drive people to deviate from expected norms of behavior and thought.

The setting, a small town called Lumberton, seems on the surface to be utterly conventional, placid, comforting and serene. The bland perfection is disrupted when a man collapses in Kyle MacLachlan’s yard and is further upset when he discovers a disembodied human ear in an empty lot.

He begins investigating whose ear he might have found, and ends up spying on local roadhouse chanteuse and prostie Isabella Rossellini. Peeping through a closet keyhole, what he sees violent client Dennis Hopper do to sweet Rossellini launches MacLachlan into another world, into an unfamiliar, dangerously provocative state of mind.

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Rossellini, dressed in lingerie or less much of the time, throws herself into this mad role with complete abandon. Hopper creates a flabbergasting portrait of unrepentent, irredeemable evil.

1986: Nomination: Best Director

Blue Velvet

  • Production: De Laurentiis. Director David Lynch; Producer Fred Caruso; Screenplay David Lynch; Camera Frederick Elmes; Editor Duwayne Dunham; Music Angelo Badalamenti; Art Director Patricia Norris
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 120 MIN.
  • With: Kyle MacLachlan Isabella Rossellini Dennis Hopper Laura Dern Hope Lange Dean Stockwell
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