Alternative Cinema: Blue Velvet
(David Lynch, 1986, 120 min.)
During a 1987 screening of Blue Velvet in Chicago—a man fainted. After his pacemaker was checked, he walked back into the theater to see the ending. One of the most debated films of the 1980s, Blue Velvet was received with equal parts exhilaration and repulsion. Beginning as a campy coming of age story in a naïve small town, the film evolves into a hallucinatory encounter with a pathological monster named Frank (Dennis Hopper). Peppered with quotable dialogue, startling sequences of repressed sexuality and explosive violence, the film’s strange allure forever altered the landscape of cinema. Featuring David Lynch favorites Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, and Isabela Rossellini.
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm
Little Hall, 105, Golden Auditorium