Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 336: Fri Dec 2

Blue Velvet (Lynch, 1986): BFI Southbank, 2.30, 6.20 & 8.45pm


This classic is on an extended run on it re-release at BFI Southbank. Details here.

Time Out review:
Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) is the contemporary knight in slightly tarnished armour, a shy and adolescent inhabitant of Lumberton, USA. After discovering a severed ear in an overgrown backlot, he embarks upon an investigation that leads him into a hellish netherworld, where he observes - and comes to participate in - a terrifying sado-masochistic relationship between damsel-in-distress Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) and mad mobster Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). Grafting on to this story his own idiosyncratic preoccupations, Lynch creates a visually stunning, convincingly coherent portrait of a nightmarish substratum to conventional, respectable society. The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable - although many will be profoundly disturbed by David Lynch's vision of male-female relationships, centred as it is on Dorothy's psychopathic hunger for violence - the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination virtually unequalled in recent cinema.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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