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Cult 101: Blue Velvet (1986) 4K Restoration

Opens on March 15

Director: David Lynch Run Time: 120 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1986

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Hope Lange, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern

Country: United States
Language: English

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About the film:

When a young man discovers a severed human ear in a field, he begins an investigation that leads to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and the group of criminals who have kidnapped her child. David Lynch’s controversial cult classic perfectly captures the director’s iconic imagery of distorted suburbia. With intense performances and hauntingly powerful scenes and images, Blue Velvet (1986) is an unforgettable vision of innocence lost, and one of the most influential American films of the past few decades.

“thoroughly unpredictable, frequently disturbing and sometimes jaw-droppingly funny film. There isn’t anything else quite like it”

—Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

About the filmmaker:

David Lynch is an American filmmaker, painter, visual artist, musician, and writer. A recipient of an Academy Honorary Award in 2019, Lynch has received three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and the César Award for Best Foreign Film twice, as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

His acclaimed feature films – Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), The Straight Story (1999), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006)are characterized by his signature dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Lynch creates surrealist (and often bizarre) films that stay with you long after the screen goes black.

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