The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Blue Velvet

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Beneath the serene surface of small-town logging town Lumberton lies a dark domain where violence and volatile unpredictability is the norm. It is the haunting realm of Blue Velvet, the acclaimed 1986 thriller from David Lynch!

Clean-cut Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) realizes his Mayberry-like hometown is not so normal when he discovers a human ear in a field. His investigation catapults him into an alluring, erotic murder mystery involving a disturbed nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini) and a drug-addicted sadist (Dennis Hopper). Soon Jeffrey is led deeper into their depraved existence, filled with increasingly disturbing characters, an array of criminal activity, and—in keeping with Lynch’s signature aesthetic—a great deal of dark humor.


“For those with the temerity to follow it anywhere, Blue Velvet is as fascinating as it is freakish. It confirms Mr. Lynch’s stature as an innovator, a superb technician, and someone best not encountered in a dark alley.” — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“In a time when filmmakers live by formula and cliché, Blue Velvet takes those formulas and clichés and drives them to commit suicide. In a decade when Reagan and Cougar Mellencamp croon about small-town America, David Lynch walks us through one small town and finds in its smiling faces the darkest dreams of the republic.” — John Powers, L.A. Weekly

“Three decades after its initial release, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet has lost none of its power to derange, terrify, and exhilarate.” — Melissa Anderson, Village Voice