Archive of films Blue Velvet / Blue Velvet

1986, 120 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2016

Thirty years have passed since viewers accepted David Lynch’s invitation to visit Lumberton and follow him on a dark excursion behind the spotless exteriors of the family houses of small-town America. Blue curtains, a severed human ear, Heineken, a voyeur’s view of violence and sex – these are among the elements of this cult postmodern crime drama.


Thirty years have passed since the first audiences were welcomed to Lumberton for a peek behind the spotless exteriors of the family houses of small-town America. And the view was shocking. Director David Lynch set carefully concealed evil in contrast to the dreamlike purity of love, thereby creating a work that quickly became a cult classic. The finding of a dismembered human ear is the pretext for a postmodern crime drama that ushers us into a world where student Jeffrey (played by the inimitable Kyle MacLachlan) becomes an unwitting voyeur, observing through the slats in a closet door the terror committed against beautiful singer Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) by a sociopathic thug named Frank (the terrifyingly convincing Dennis Hopper). Jeffrey is ultimately rescued by Sandy, who is the only one able to offer him affection unfraught with perversion. When completed, Blue Velvet was summarily refused by so many American distributors that producer Dino De Laurentiis had to found his own distribution company so the film could be screened in theaters. The movie will be presented in its digitally restored version.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

David Lynch (b. 1946, Missoula, Montana) debuted with the surrealist work Eraserhead (1976) but gained the attention of the wider public with Blue Velvet (1986) and Wild at Heart (1990 – Palme d’Or at the Cannes IFF). He worked his way even deeper into cultural awareness with the breakthrough television series “Twin Peaks” (1990-91), which he then extended via the feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). In Lost Highway (1996), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006) he developed the theme of the split human personality as an indivisible part of the “schizophrenia” of postmodern reality. The aggressively simple The Straight Story (1999) demonstrated that the director is capable of even a clean film form devoid of postmodern sidetracking. In recent years he has spent time composing music and creating internet videos.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Out of the Past
Director: David Lynch
Screenplay: David Lynch
Dir. of Photography: Frederick Elmes
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Editor: Duwayne Dunham
Art Director: Patricia Norris
Producer: Fred C. Caruso
Production: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern
Sales: Park Circus Limited

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