Blue Velvet 1989

‘Blue Velvet’ (1986) directed by David Lynch

From my interviews, ‘Blue Velvet’ is one of the most popular midnight screenings at the Duke’s.  I saw it there myself on June 18th, 2010 at 11 p.m., the same night that England played a horrible game of football against Algeria in the World Cup.

The film shows the darker side of the typical American suburb, where its inhabitants find living a perfect life so stressful that a heart attack is suffered in the opening sequence.  ‘Blue Velvet’ is particularly effective late at night on a cinema screen when the late Dennis Hopper’s seminal character Frank is introduced, sucking in gas through his omnipresent mask and providing the film with some of the creepiest, intense scenes in film history.  Lucy Westcott

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