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by Michael Atkinson (Goodreads Author)
For many, Blue Velvet is David Lynch's masterpiece. It crystallises many of his chief preoccupations: the evil and violence underlying the surface of suburbia, the seedy by-ways of sexuality, the frightening appearance of the adult world to a child's eyes. In this intricate and layered reading of the film, Michael Atkinson analyses Blue Velvet as the definitive expression ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by British Film Institute
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Excellent treatment of David Lynch's 1986 masterwork (in my opinion) Blue Velvet. All of the BFI Modern Classics volumes are thin, but Atkinson explores quite a lot in just 80 pages. I wish the book were longer, but that's what you get with this series. A must-read for anyone interested in Lynch's work in general and this film in particular.
A son of Long Island and a father of three, I love very good beer, shellfish of any sort, Italian opera in the summertime, and movies. I own more books than I do any other one thing. I love writing, though, making sentences. In addition to my books, I've written, and still write, film criticism, cultural attack, book reviews and essays for The Village Voice, The Believer, Sight & Sound, The Gu ...moreMore about Michael Atkinson...