Directed By: David Lynch Kyle Maclachlan: Jeffrey Beaumont Dennis Hopper: Frank Booth Isabella Rossellini: Dorothy Vallens

Laura Dern: Sandy Williams Hope Lange: Mrs. Williams Dean Stockwell: Ben ‘For as diverse as Lynch's filmography is, Blue Velvet is quite possibly his masterwork. There's a strange mix of comfort and beauty with terror and awfulness.’ Carr K., (2011) Blue Velvet is an appalling film. It straddles two times in America’s history, for no particular reason. It is packed full of vacuous performances, shoddy singing and asks, more than

once this question from the viewer, “What is David Lynch trying to tell me, and when will he stop?” The story is set when a young Maclachlan finds a severed ear on a patch of waste ground, and, with the investigative zeal of youth he sets about trying to solve the mystery himself. After speaking to the police of his find one of the neighbourhood detectives invites him to his house where he meets Laura Dern’s Sandy. After explaining his find, the level headed Sandy allows herself to be drawn into the intrigue. The pair somehow identify Isabella Rossellini’s Dorothy Vallen’s as a possible suspect and Maclachlan hatches the first of his genius plans, to break into the singer’s apartment and have a snoop around. In this respect, Lynch’s directorial style can be commended. He is able to hold the audience is suspense in some style. There are several pivotal scenes where the audience watches in fear for the young hero’s safety. Whilst they might not be able to define why the character acts so stupidly, they are gripped by the trouble he finds. ‘shocking, perverse, funny, unsettling, scathing, biting, and twisted, but undeniably original’ Kendrick J., (2011) Well, in terms of originality, Kendrick has a point. Some may find the violence and the ease with which Lynch raises his hand to the viewer unsettling. What makes for more disturbing thought is the ease with which Maclachlan deals with Rossellini’s masochistic tendencies and is swayed to indulging in them. I leave you with the words of Roger Ebert, ‘It made me feel pity for the actors who worked in it and anger at the director for taking liberties with them.’ Ebert R., (2000)

Critic Bibliography Carr K., (November 13, 2011), ‘7M Pictures’, rottentomatoes Ebert R., (January1, 2000). ‘Chicago Sun-Times’, rottentomatoes.com Kendrick J., (November 10 2011). ‘Q Network Film Desk’, rottentomatoes.com Image List Poster Image: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/blue_velvet/

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