Blue Velvet

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(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.  Kyle MacLachlan 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 (Laura Dern) mixed up with some of the creepiest underworld characters you’ve ever seen in your life. Dennis Hopper is exceptional as a truly unforgettable villain, and Isabella Rossellini 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 David Lynch

Screenplay by David Lynch

Cinematography by Frederick Elmes

Academy Award Nomination
Best Director (David Lynch)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Dennis Hopper)
Best Screenplay (David Lynch)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (David Lynch)
Best Cinematographer (Frederick Elmes)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper)
Best Director (David Lynch)

Nominations
Best Picture
Best Screenplay (David Lynch)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hooper)
Best Director (David Lynch)
Best Cinematography (Frederick Elmes)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Award
Best Female Lead (Isabella Rossellini)

Nominations
Best Feature
Best Male Lead (Dennis Hopper)
Best Female Lead (Laura Dern)
Best Director (David Lynch)
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Dennis Hopper) (tie)
Best Director (David Lynch) (tie)
Best Cinematography

BlueVelvet

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