Movie Analysis : Blue Velvet

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The camera descends from a picture-perfect blue sky to a bed of red roses before a white picket fence, opening with the lush colors of America. A fire engine rolls down an idyllic suburban street as the firemen wave in slow-motion, a crossing guard directs schoolchildren, and a man waters his front lawn, all to the tune of chirping birds and Bobby Vinton’s romantic “Blue Velvet” song. This could be the opening sequence to a convincing infomercial inviting American families to suburbia, until something bizarre occurs. We close in on the man’s hose mysteriously gargling and tangling, and we witness him collapse from a brutal stroke. The camera then penetrates the slick grass and reveals the teeming and voracious insects chewing away at a saturated version of small-town America.
Lynch meets the conventions of Hollywood cinema within Blue Velvet, but transforms them all to discover new truths. In what could have been a tired Hollywood cliché, the opening sequence becomes a mutated vision of America with illness, insects, haunting noises, and a soundtrack exploited of its innocence. A straightforward detective story, which could’ve been mistaken for 1950’s film-noir, becomes a perverted exploration in which the detectives become participants in the sordid underworld.
David Lynch’s twisted use of visual motifs, as well as his disrupted narratives and dream logic easily classify him as a surrealist, following in the tradition of Luis Buñuel or Salvador Dali. The severed…
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