Blue Velvet (1986) contributed to David Lynch’s huge success. The mystery trailer won multiple awards and is now widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films of the 1980s. The plot: when Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan, aka Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives) discovers a human ear in a garden, he decides to investigate on the case. This leads him to meet the mysterious Blue Lady (Isabella Rosselini), who wears a blue velvet dress, and performs the famous ‘Blue Velvet’ song every night in the same club… But why all that blue? Discover David Lynch’s attraction to color and his work as a painter with Artsy.
‘Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff’s curiosity, and 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).’
‘The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy’s young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he’s drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy.’
‘Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the ‘disease’ lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American facade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91)’. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi’
‘What most don’t know is that he got into filmmaking through the idea that he could make a ‘moving painting’ as he told Art+Auction Magazine in 2013.
In fact, Lynch studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in the ’60s.
it is inherently difficult to separate Lynch the Filmmaker (the term ‘Lynchian may now have superseded ‘Kafka-esque to describe absurdist situations) and Lynch the Painter.
Maybe they are independent entities for Lynch, and he’d be painting no matter what.’
At 3 A.M. I Am Here With The Red Dream, 2013
mixed media on paper mounted to wood panel
31 × 27 in – 78.7 × 68.6 cm
Listen to Blue Velvet, the song (1963), by Bobby Vinton on Anything Blue
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