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Best Director
Academy Awards
Winner
Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Winner
Best Director
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable, the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination...unequalled in recent cinema.
--Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)
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Blue Velvet


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“Heineken?! Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!” Aaah! An azure sky; glistening red tulips along a white picket fence; a stalwart fireman, his Dalmatian beside him, waves from a fire truck moving in slo-mo; a crossing guard directs school kids; a woman sips tea in front of the TV while her husband waters their manicured lawn – all in gorgeous color & scope, accompanied by the oh-so-soothing voice of Bobby Vinton singing the title tune. But wait. Now the hose is caught – is the man having a stroke?! And why are we power-diving into the earth and seeing those disgusting bugs, in ultra-close-up?! Oh, wait a minute, this is a David Lynch film. So, here’s a tip for all-American square Kyle MacLachlan: Don’t check out the rotting, ant-infested severed ear in the grass. And, even though you’ve got this thing for mysterious “Blue Lady” Isabella Rossellini, Don’t hide in her bedroom closet in hopes of sneaking a peak. But this is a Lynch movie, so its depiction of idyllic “Lumberton, U.S.A.” shows its dark underside of sexual violence, kidnapping, murder, and karaoke, and, in Dennis Hopper’s amyl-nitrite-snorting Frank Booth, one of the most dangerous, repellent, and magnetic psychopaths ever to haunt the screen, while Laura Dern, in her first major role, incarnates the girl next door as extremely as Hopper does in essaying pure slime. Controversial from its premiere, Velvet polarized critics like no other movie, with a thumbs-downing from normal champion of the offbeat Roger Ebert, but with Boston, L.A., and National Film Critics awarding it, the Academy nominating Lynch for Best Director, and an anointing by Pauline Kael, who hailed its “charged erotic atmosphere” and “aural-visual humor and poetry.” DCP restoration.

“STILL ENRAPTURES AND CONFOUNDS! Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.”
– Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

“ONE OF THE SEMINAL TITLES OF THE 1980s! The chance to see a restored version on the big screen is an essential experience for anyone who is a fan of the movies.”
– Zack Sharf, Indiewire

“THE LAST REAL EARTHQUAKE TO HIS CINEMA! No one could quite match the combination of horrific, comedic, aural, and subliminal effects Lynch rumbled out in this masterpiece.”
– Guy Maddin

“ECSTATIC CREEPINESS. There hasn’t been an American film so rich, so formally controlled, so imaginatively cast and so charged with its maker’s psychosexual energy since Raging Bull.”
– J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Played at

NoHo 7, 12.07.17 - 12.07.17
Monica Film Center, 6.01.16 - 6.01.16
Playhouse 7, 6.01.16 - 6.01.16
Claremont 5, 6.01.16 - 6.01.16
Rated R
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Repertory, Thriller, Throwback Thursdays
Runtime: 121 min
Language: English

Director: David Lynch
Cast: Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern

Awards:
  • Nominee, Best Director, Academy Awards
  • Winner, Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  • Winner, Best Director, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  • Nominee, Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
  • Nominee, Best Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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FEATURED REVIEW: Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch's Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate. Debuting in September 1986, deep into the Reagan presidency and the same year that Top Gun READ REVIEW