"Blue Velvet" is a psychological thriller film directed by David Lynch and released in 1986. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern. The movie is set in a small town and follows the story of Jeffrey Beaumont (played by MacLachlan), who discovers a human ear lying in a field. This leads him to an investigation into the town's dark and seedy underbelly, including a criminal underworld and a mysterious nightclub singer (played by Rossellini).
One of the notable elements of "Blue Velvet" is its use of contrasts, with bright, almost dream-like visuals contrasted against dark and disturbing subject matter. The film also explores themes of power dynamics, voyeurism, and the duality of human nature.
Dennis Hopper's performance as Frank Booth, a drug-addled criminal, has become one of the most iconic and memorable in modern cinema. The film's score, which includes the song "Mysteries of Love" by Julee Cruise, has also been highly praised.
Despite its controversial subject matter, "Blue Velvet" has been widely acclaimed by critics and is considered a cult classic. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2019 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Fun fact: "Blue Velvet" was shot on a low budget in just over one month.