Thursday, January 05, 2017

Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)

Tremendous to see this in a cinema at long last. Though I don't think it changed my feeling that the film as a whole doesn't quite live up to the extraordinary mix of humour, menace and irony that the opening manages. (Though the scene at Ben's house is of course astonishing.) Enjoyed some trainspotter moments - it's only on this viewing that I realised how Jeffrey's blind friend knows how many fingers he's holding up! Plus there seem to be weird continuinty things going on with the knife wound on his face - at one point I thought I could reconstruct a previous edit from its presence or absence, but then I lost its thread.

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