Blue Velvet


Just as beguiling and bewildering as it was in 1986, David Lynch’s twisted fairytale is Hansel and Gretel told by an opium-jazzed Freud. In a ’50s-aura’d ’80s of the director’s imagination, his inquisitive alter ego (Kyle MacLachlan) explores the sinister side of suburbia. Uncovering a kidnapping, he’s sucked into sadomasochism and the surreal, as Dennis Hopper’s loopier-than-a-hula-hoop killer shows him the darkness inside himself. The visuals are as plush as the title and the performances pierce the skin.


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