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Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)

Film Studies

Cinema Classics Seminar:
Blue Velvet

David Lynch: Mirror Worlds
Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI

The films of David Lynch, one of the most interesting, unusual, and influential directors to come out of the last half of the 20th century, consistently expose the surreality that lurks within the mundanity of everyday life. Lynch’s fourth feature film, Blue Velvet (1986), is his most famous—and infamous— exposé of idealized small-town Americana and the moral depravity beneath its veneer.

The story follows college student Jeffrey Beaumont (Lynch regular Kyle MacLachlan), whose discovery of a severed human ear in the grass draws him deep into a phantasmagoria of violence and psychosexual danger. Blue Velvet’s narrative is more linear than most of Lynch’s other films, but it is no less uncanny, due to his impeccable control of color, sound design, and direction of his actors. Starring alongside MacLachlan are Laura Dern, Isabella Rossellini, and an unforgettable Dennis Hopper. Building upon film noir and Hitchcockian themes such as voyeurism and obsession, Blue Velvet creates an original and frightening cinematic space situated between the deep, dark American id and our society’s façade of orderliness—a space in which viewers themselves are implicated by their own secrets.

Join us for a seminar that will dig deeper into the film director Guy Maddin described as “the last real earthquake to hit cinema.”

Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? Additional showtimes can be found here.


Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.

Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:

  1. On site, at BMFI, in one of our theaters: Register online, via the “ON SITE” button under the “Course Information” heading.
  2. You will also be able to “attend” this seminar in our Remote Classroom, but it is currently undergoing renovations. Please check back or sign up for our emails to find out when it’s reopening.

Please email BMFI Education Coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.

 


Course Information

$25 for members, $35 for non-members

On Site

Schedule
  • Wednesday, August 3 · 6:30 pm