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Blue Velvet

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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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May 12, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, movies, film, 2015
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.
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Jul 23, 2012 Ryan Splenda rated it liked it
A very nice criticism of Lynch's masterpiece. I was looking for more on the dream vs. reality argument that is clearly presented in this movie. Nevertheless, the Oedpial and perverse family arguments were well explained.
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Could have delved much deeper. With many references to his earlier films, refers to Lost Highway (1997!!) as "in production" = needs new edition badly.
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Mommy baby wants to fuck!
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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 ...more
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