My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Blue Velvet


(out of 5)

Despite already being an Academy Award nominee (for The Elephant Man) and popular among the art-house crowd (for Eraserhead), David Lynch’s career as master of the attractively strange began with this fantastic, modern punk-ish film noir.   is the picture of youthful American perfection as a young man who works his father’s hardware store in his idyllic suburban small town. One day while walking through a field, he finds a piece of a human ear and investigates its origin. His voyage into the mystery gets him and his bewildered girlfriend () mixed up with some of the creepiest underworld characters you’ve ever seen in your life.  is exceptional as a truly unforgettable villain, and  magnificent as the heart of the film’s tragedy. The image of her standing over a naked MacLachlan while brandishing a gleaming knife has entered pop culture iconography and will remain there forever.

USA, 1986

Directed by

Screenplay by David Lynch

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1986

Golden Globe Awards 1986

Independent Spirit Awards 1986.  

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