There are probably only a handful of storytellers of David Lynch’s caliber in the world today. From Eraserhead to Inland Empire, the Montana-born emperor of surreal filmmaking created and nurtured a very peculiar style, constantly dancing on the thin line between dreams and reality, facts and projections, keeping the audience all wrapped up in atmospheric nightmares they don’t wish to be awoken from. Lynch’s fourth feature, Blue Velvet, is a stunning American masterpiece, both visually enticing and thought-provoking, and the fantastic performances of Isabella Rossellini and Kyle MacLachlan are accompanied by the musical score of another of Lynch’s frequent collaborators, the great composer Angelo Badalamenti. However, it’s Dennis “Don’t You Fuckin’ Look At Me” Hopper that ultimately steals the show: after Lynch agreed to cast him (“You have to let me play Frank! Because I am Frank!”), Hopper went on to create one of the best psychopathic antagonists in the history of film. Blue Velvet is a must-see and let us offer you some priceless advice—check out Lynch’s script we’ve prepared for this occasion. Quite simply, we’re dealing with one of the best writers in contemporary cinema, an artist who, as such, has plenty to offer to hungry minds of curious filmmakers-to-be.
The photo above was taken on location during the production of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet in 1985 by Peter Braatz
“YOU HAVE TO LET ME PLAY FRANK! BECAUSE I AM FRANK!”