Blue Velvet (film)  

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Blue Velvet is an 1986 American surreal psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken from a Bobby Vinton song by the same name, which continues the blue velvet motif that appears throughout the film in several significant moments. Following the initial commercial and critical failure of Dune (1984), Lynch returned to what he regards as a more personal study, which became Blue Velvet. The film was financed and produced for Italian movie producer Dino de Laurentiis, due to the fact that most major film studios had turned down the film, so Laurentiis created his own production company, D.E.G. in order to distribute the film.

Set in the small, quaint South Atlantic town of Lumberton, North Carolina, the film begins with the protagonist Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) wandering through a dilapidated field and discovering a severed human ear which he takes to the police. He begins to investigate the matter himself — and discovers a seamy underworld hidden beneath the veneer of his idealised small town in middle America — home to bizarre homicidal kidnapper and rapist Frank Booth (Hopper) and a seductive femme fatale night-club cabaret singer on the verge of a mental breakdown, Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini).

Blue Velvet opened to great critical acclaim and was a moderate box office success, considering its limited release in theatres across the United States. The film received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Director for Lynch, and has since become a cult classic, while it is still well-known and recognized to mainstream audiences as one of the most influential films of the 1980s.

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