Nov 9-13, 2017

Blue Velvet

30TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION WITH GUEST CINEMATOGRAPHER FREDERICK ELMES IN DIALOGUE WITH BUN B

Run Time: 121 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

In the small logging town of Lumberton, Jeffrey Beaumont returns home from college after his father suffers a near fatal stroke. While walking home from the hospital one day after visiting his father, he cuts through a vacant lot where he discovers a severed ear buried under overgrown grass and puts it in a paper bag. Jeffrey takes the ear to the police station, but police disinterest sparks his curiosity. He is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that’s being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

Since its initial theatrical release, Blue Velvet has achieved cult status, generated significant academic attention with regard to its thematic symbolism and is widely regarded as one of Lynch’s best works. The film is consistently ranked among the greatest American films of all time.

Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges.

Sheila Benson, LA Times

In the small logging town of Lumberton, Jeffrey Beaumont returns home from college after his father suffers a near fatal stroke. While walking home from the hospital one day after visiting his father, he cuts through a vacant lot where he discovers a severed ear buried under overgrown grass and puts it in a paper bag. Jeffrey takes the ear to the police station, but police disinterest sparks his curiosity. He is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that’s being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

Since its initial theatrical release, Blue Velvet has achieved cult status, generated significant academic attention with regard to its thematic symbolism and is widely regarded as one of Lynch’s best works. The film is consistently ranked among the greatest American films of all time.

Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges.

Sheila Benson, LA Times

Film Details

USA, 1986
DIRECTED BY DAVID LYNCH
WRITTEN BY DAVID LYNCH
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY FREDERICK ELMES
EDITED BY DUWAYNE DUNHAM
MUSIC BY ANGELO BADALAMENTI
CAST: ISABELLA ROSSELLINI, KYLE MACLACHLAN, DENNIS HOPPER, LAURA DERN
RUNNING TIME: 121 MINS

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