Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet (1986, USA) C-120m. SCOPE *** D: David Lynch. Starring Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, George Dickerson, Brad Dourif, Jack Nance, Angelo Badalamenti. Upon discovering a human ear in a meadow, na´ve villager MacLachlan is drawn into a tale of kidnap and sexual perversions involving a prostitute (Rossellini) and a perverted lunatic (Hopper). This follow-up to David Lynch's DUNE (1984) provides the first glimpse of a typical Lynchian universe of perverted characters and lives, as he would later explore in his cult series 'Twin Peaks' and other projects. This cult film lives off jarringly intense situations and performances, its plot merely serves as a basis for powerful, fascinating sequences. Not for all tastes, to say the least, but a must for Lynch's fans and cult film lovers in general. Hopper gives a radical performance. Rough cut ran for about 4 hours.


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