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4D SUNDAY DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE, ROCHESTER, N.Y., NOVEMBER 2, 1986 Oil FILH 'Blue Velvet' is a stunning achievement By Jack Garner Democrat and Chronicle David Lynch'8 Blue Velvet is a film that sharply divides audiences. On one hand, the surreal mystery is so strange that it reportedly has the highest walkout ratio in recent Manhattan movie theater history. On the other hand, some viewers can't wait to get back in line and see the film again. Put me in the latter camp. In fact, I'm convinced that Blue Velvet is a stunning achievement, one of the most original films in years. It easily earns a spot on my list of the top 10 films of 1986. As written and directed by Lynch, Blue Velvet puts a nightmarish story of murder, kidnapping and sexual perversity within the framework of quaint, nostalgic, small-town America. The film starts and ends with the richly saturated color images of lovely flowers, a deep blue sky and a bright-red fire engine from which ' U i I'll- 5 Isabella Rossellini portrays a cabaret singer in Blue Velvet. a passenger actually waves at the camera. It's a glowing home movie of Americana. Between such images, however, Lynch escorts the filmgoer on a journey into the dark and threatening parts of the human psyche. Kyle MacLachlan (from Dune) stars as Jeffrey, a naive college . student with an interest in mystery stories. On a vacation back in his hometown, he finds a detached human ear lying in a field. The boy decides to investigate the mystery of the missing ear. At his side is Sandy, his sweet-natured girlfriend and daughter of the local police detective. During his inquiries, Jeffrey meets the haunting Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini), a sensual nightclub singer. She eventually entangles him with Frank, an ominous and heartless gangster with an inexplicable hold on Dorothy. Frank is played with startling intensity by Dennis Hopper. It's the sort of performance that may earn the one-time Hollywood enfant terrible an Oscar nomination, if the film is not deemed too weird for such honors. Blue Velvet is difficult to describe, for there are few reference points. It's unlike any film ever made. Though it has qualities of classic film noir thrillers of the 1940s and the small-town comedies of Frank Capra, Blue Velvet is also uniquely modern. It's a prime example of the film that's "not for everyone." There is much for the viewer to confront here from the film's aggressively sensual and violent textures to the challenges it presents to our attitudes about the dark aspects of our own personalities. But if you demand that a good film offers a unique vision, that it has an enthralling story and interesting characters, and that it generates challenging ideas and full-blooded emotions, Blue Velvet has it all. 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CALL BY 112286 FOR THIS OFFER koo off coupon m This coupon is good tor StO.OO oft your carpet cleaning order ot 2 rooms or more. Give this coupon lo the technician at the time ol cleaning. One coupon per order. Void where prohibited by law Cash value 120C Not combinable with any other coupon. Can be used on any advertised otter unless specifically excluded Call Dept. 1001 Mon.-Sat., 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM: Greater Rochester Area, Wayne, Ontario, Yates & Livingston Counties, NY (716) 247-0120 Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back. SEARS AUTHORIZED CLEANING SERVICES i few SEAIRB I . .urfjAlM wit 1 v I i i e i i i J David Lynch ! PROM PAGE 1D ' Man and Dune, Lynch put hia own distinctive stamp on all three . films. He creates films that live ; and breathe in strange, nightmarish environments. His visions ' fcxeite us because they so perfectly e-create our own dreams and fears. ', i This stamp has never been more ;apparent than in Lynch's latest film, a bizarre, electrifying, upset-;ng and totally brilliant thriller .called Blue Velvet. I ' The film combines the innocent, small-town naivete of It's a Won-derful Life with the darkest evils conceived by Alfred Hitchcock . and such film noir masters as ;Billy Wilder. ' Blue Velvet starts as a sweet, j middle-America portrayal, which suddenly turns perverse when an ' all-American boy (Kyle MacLach-' lan) discovers a human ear in a .field. Lynch showed the film at the ; recent Toronto Film Festival and talked about it afterward with reporters. Lynch said Blue Velvet is auto-i biographical but only in the impression it conveys "of perfection ! on the surface, and then going ' down inside it to a strangeness. That's the story of my life." :. A quiet, seemingly gentle, well-spoken man, Lynch talks like the movies he makes: In the midst of a totally logical statement, he'll ' throw in strange asides and sur- real non sequiturs. For example, here's how Lynch :' describes the visual look of Blue , Velvet: . "I knew the film had to go from blue skies to darkness, and along the way, certain things had to come into play. It's scripted tha,t way. My dog, Sparky, is in the picture and did phenomenal , work." ; Lynch said his ideas for the new film had been kicking around for more than a decade. .; "I think around 1973, 1 found some papers in which I'd written the title Blue Velvet, with the idea of a mystery, and it came out of a mood I got from hearing ; Bobby Vinton's song Blue Velvet," he said. ; "It just was like a little wind ' that carried the beginnings of this ' story. And then I had an idea . about a desire to sneak into a ; girl's room and watch her through the night, and then I'd see something that would be a clue, something that would lead to the solving of a murder. Then I got the idea of an ear in the field, and it ; would be like a ticket into the strange worlds, and it would ; change the person's life." j Before long, Kyle and his girl- friend (Laura Dem) become en-; tangled in a dark mystery involv- ing a sensual, frightened nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini) and an incredibly evil gangster (Dennis Hopper.) In sum, Lynch says, Blue Velvet is "like they say The Hardy Boys Go to Hell." Referring to such Hollywood film noir classics as Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, Lynch said: "One of the definitions of film noir is films in which a leading character finds evil within himself. In that sense, Blue 'Velvet is a film noir. "I think there are seeds in all of us that can sprout and we can do fantastically great things or really 'bad things. It depends on the environment and situations." Lynch said Blue Velvet evolved gradually over several years. "Scripts are made up of ideas, and ideas are great things. I don't know where they come from, but when you catch one, it's a thrilling experience. And they seem to swim together and hook themselves together to form stories. And you fall in love with them and have a desire to translate Jthem. That's what happened, and Blue Velvet came into being." ; Citing one example, Lynch said the unnerving scene in Blue Velvet in which Isabella Rossellini walks outside, naked and in a daze, was inspired by a childhood Jncident. "When I was little, my brother Jand I were on the street one night. We saw a nude woman on the street. She wasn't beaten but she was in a daze. My brother started to cry, and it freaked me out. It was a powerful thing." Years later, Lynch used the image for his film. Lynch said he's especially happy with the people he assembled to make Blue Velvet. ' "I figure I'm the luckiest person around because I can't conceive a better cast Fate guided the whole thing." I Lynch said Hopper had been suggested for the loathsome, eccentrically evil hood, but the director was wary. "Dennis Hopper had this horrific reputation," Lynch said, referring to one of Hollywood's legendary bad boys. . "I thought he'd be a lot of trouble, but then I heard he had 'cleaned up his act and he came highly recommended. , "Dennis called me up and said, T have to play this guy Frank because I am Frank.' That kind of Scared me a little, too. But, ultimately, Dennis was great on and off the screen." Perhaps the strangest aspect of Blue Velvet is that such an un-us'ual film even got made in this J.

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