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18,721 Ratings

Blue Velvet

Directed by David Lynch
United States, 1986
Mystery, Drama, Cult


Set in the sleepy town of Lumberton, Blue Velvet is a brooding, sensuous mystery about the intertwining lives of four very different individuals. It all starts with the discovery of a severed ear on a sunny day…

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Blue Velvet Directed by David Lynch

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1987 | Nominee: Best Director

Independent Spirit Awards

1987 | Winner: Best Female Lead

1987 | 6 nominations including: Best Female Lead

It's about how America is an idea, a surface, an indistinct image. It's about the simple ways we can corrupt that image for personal gain. It's perhaps Lynch's most trenchant and political film.
December 02, 2016
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In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch's early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts... The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms that are at the forefront of his films, specifically the looming and inescapable darkness in moments of light. Blue Velvet is the blackest expression of that darkness; it's the raincloud over a sunny town in Middle America.
March 30, 2016
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Blue Velvet plays tricks on the memory, which may be one reason time has not tamed its hallucinatory strangeness. We remember it like a dream, some details lodged forever in the mind, some fading instantly. It leaves phrases ringing in the ears, their meanings mutating with each echo: Dorothy's whiplash imperatives ("Help me!" "Hit me!" "Hold me!") and Frank's incantatory "Now it's dark."
November 03, 2015

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