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Blue Velvet (1986)

It's a strange world.

Original Title : Blue Velvet
Director : David Lynch
Writer : David Lynch
Genre : Crime
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Fred C. Caruso , Richard A. Roth (III)
Music : Angelo Badalamenti
David Lynch
Photography : Frederick Elmes
IMDB ID : 0090756
Official site : http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=BLUEVELV
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poster for "Blue Velvet" by David Lynch (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986) - David Lynch
 

Starring

Isabella Rossellini Dorothy Vallens
Kyle MacLachlan Jeffrey Beaumont
Dennis Hopper Frank Booth
Laura Dern Sandy Williams
Hope Lange Mrs. Williams
Dean Stockwell Ben
George Dickerson Det. John D. Williams
George Dickerson Det. John D. Williams
 

Plot

A man returns to his home town after being away and discovers a severed human ear in a field. Not satisfied with the police's pace, he and the police detective's daughter carry out their own investigation. The object of his investigation turns out to be a beautiful and mysterious woman involved with a violent and perversely evil man.
 

Comments

I've never seen anything quite like this before... What surprised me was how very different this was from the two other great David Lynch films I'd seen: "Lost Highway" and "The Straight Story", which are in turn very different from one another. I'd been told by a disappointed David Lynch fan, back in 1997, that the only reason I was so deeply impressed with "Lost Highway" was that I hadn't seen "Bue Velvet", in which he does much the same kind of thing better. "Blue Velvet" may indeed be better (I wouldn't want to say), but in no respect is it the same kind of thing. (The only instance I've encountered so far of Lynch making the same film twice is "Lost Highway" being remade as "Mulholland Drive", which partly accounts for the latter film being so stale and uninvolving.) "Blue Velvet" is a simple amateur sleuthing story, but the genius is in the telling of it. It's hard to avoid the feeling that something supernatural is somehow involved, although it isn't, and we know that it isn't. It looks and feels as though we're watching the world through a special enchanted (or cursed) prism: the image has been pulled apart, ALMOST into two distinct images, with the elements of pure evil and pure wholesomeness now distinct from one another, sitting just millimetres apart. Unrelated to this, but still contributing to the intense suspense and the overall creepiness, is Lynch's ability to make us familiar with a few ordinary locations, which grow more sinister - or at least more meaningful - every time we see them, until the sight of a simple concrete stairwell in the dark is enough to make us start to panic.
 
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