Saturday, 15 January 2011

Review Of 'Blue Velvet'

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Fig 1 - Blue Velvet Film Poster



Blue Velvet (1986)
The classic song which was blue velvet held the bases for one David Lynch’s classic in which the weird and psychotic join together in an everyday American city. Moreover his film represents the nature of what lies beneath society facade and the insanity what lays there.
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Fig 2 - Frank Sexually Attacking Dorothy
 
The synopsis of this film in nothing more mature version of those kid investigative film which follows a lead character who put himself in the deep end when trying to discover the truth about a severed ear which he had found returning from seeing his father in hospital. Naturally the film follows the same guideline as any detective story as he finds a lead, learns more about the subject in turn the more adulterate part of the film. Continues with the lead falls in love with his partner in crime and eventually solve the crime and gets his love.
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Fig 3 - Frank Holding The Blue Velvet Dress He Loves


The film itself though starts with a Kyle MacLauchlan father collapsing while watering the lush and health looking grass meanwhile beneath the surface lurks a nest of beetles without doubt displaying the metaphor of society and how the fact it is crippled by the smaller injustices which lie beneath facades of democracy. From here on out we see the metaphor unfold in real time as the imagery that presents itself of a perfect suburbia where Kyle lives and yet a stone throw away is the worn-out city blocks which play host to Dorothy Vallens apartment and nightmare which is her life. ‘Lynch's modern masterpiece is obsessed with the strangeness that hides in the nooks and crannies of suburban America. It's essentially a detective story, in which two all-American heroes, Jeffrey (MacLachlan) and Sandy (Dern), try to solve the mystery surrounding a chopped-off ear. In the process, they discover that their hometown isn't quite as boringly innocent as it first appears’. – Jamie Russell

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Fig 4 - An Ear Symbolising The Start Of The Film

Yet the unnatural elements become more and more as the movie shows-off the talent of Isabella Rossellini insanity as the hard done-by Dorothy Vallens who with a kidnapped husband and child play whore for Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) and his gang of criminals. Lynch for this reason makes us squirm at the characters as both show some mentally unstable minds but for very different reasons. Vallens for being abused constantly becomes obsessed by being hit during sexual relation and Frank being about as stable as 10 year old after going to town on what seem s to be gas and air. Nevertheless their depiction displays a disturbing truth about the insanity of society and in fact the pain of which people feel behind closed doors.  In turn Vallens show herself a she is longing go be loved again rather than being beaten during sex as she rewards Kyle with a blow-job moments after finding him in the wardrobe spying on her. Interestingly the metaphor is not lost Frank as the truly psychotic man shows aggression for 70% of his appearances and yet when he listens to Vallens singing and the Ben singing, he displays uncharacteristic emotions of sorrow as almost longing for someone not before falling back in to his ways.  In turn ‘Dennis Hopper's Frank becomes a kind of satanic assault on normalcy. He's a rapist and kidnapper and if Dorothy's desire to be physically hit by Jeffrey is any indication, Frank's perversion easily spreads. But, then again, Lynch seems to suggest that love is as potent in Frank's fetishistic strange world as it is in Sandy's happy-go-lucky one.’ - Ed Gonzalez
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Fig 5 - Ben Singing to Frank and Everyone
Yet throughout the film the viewer almost seems lost as we try to understand the madness and almost let the fact that fashions of clothing and vehicles clash between eras as they seem to resemble 50’s as well as the perms and dress codes relates to it 80’s heritage.  For  the viewer it is obvious concluding the music (that can also be related to the 50’s) that the depiction of the film is to be that it resemble an alternate universe so to speak making the connection with the object and elements within uncanny. Without doubt displaying ‘Blue Velvet’ as the whole feeling of the film is off-balance and sinister...All of it creates an atmosphere that’s at once penetrating and nebulous. - Ken Hanke. Naturally this is a strong point has been replicated in the fallout video game series nevertheless implying a powerful message such as Lynch’s movie suggest that no matter where or who we are there always going to be evil in a perfect picture as well as everyone, everything be good or bad needs somebody to love.
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Fig 6 - The Truths Out - Sandy Understands The Reason Why Dorothy Is All Over Jeffery
Moreover Lynch film is something that represents reality and for that reason I hit home about the life we live. For lynch his subtle tones of love and evil depict the way we are not to mention using uncanny elements to make his work stronger. Naturally as film can only be described as an adulterated kid cop movie the choice of this illustrates to the viewer that where as the normal Columbus or Goonies movie has the beautiful ending in which the world is a peace the reality of it isn’t the case as still lying and waiting is another bug as the last scene of the robin holding the beetle in his mouth depicts. In turn the film ending can also
represent that whilst one evil may go a bigger one will step in its place. For Lynch in this term his depiction in this movie is to depict to us a message as stated before but unlike eraser his use of the uncanny is more relatable.

List Of Illustrations

Fig 1 Lynch, David (1986) Blue Velvet Poster
[Film poster] From: Blue Velvet

Fig 2 Lynch David (1986) Frank Sexually Attacking Dorothy
[Film Poster] From: Blue Velvet

Fig 3 Lynch David (1986) Frank Holding The Blue Velvet Dress He Loves 
[Film Poster] From: Blue Velvet

Fig 4 Lynch David (1986) An Ear Symbolising The Start Of The Film
[Film Poster] From: Blue Velvet
Fig 5 Lynch David (1986) Ben Singing to Frank and Everyone
[Film Poster] From: Blue Velvet
Fig 6 Lynch David (1986) The Truths Out - Sandy Understands The Reason Why Dorothy Is All Over Jeffery
[Film Poster] From: Blue Velvet
 Bibliography


Russell, Jamie (1986). Blue Velvet  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/12/05/blue_velvet_1986_review.shtml
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Gonzalez, Ed (1986). Blue Velvet
 http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/blue-velvet/51
 (Accessed on15.01.11)

Hanke,Ken  Ed (1986). Blue Velvet
http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/blue_velvet
 (Accessed on15.01.11)

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