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Blue Velvet

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What's it About

Out for a walk one afternoon in his well-manicured suburban hometown, fresh-faced everylad Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) discovers a severed ear in a field, and promptly notifies the police. When they respond with curious indifference, Jeffrey decides to investigate with the help of his girlfriend, Sandy (Dern), and uncovers a nocturnal world of crime, sexual perversion, and drug-addled weirdness involving mysterious chanteuse Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini) and her frighteningly brutal companion, Frank Booth (Hopper).

Why we love it

This hallucinogenic mystery-thriller from cult director Lynch explores the twisted underside of small-town American life, fusing perverse noirish elements with a classic Hitchcockian whodunit. Lynch's imprint is everywhere, including MacLachlan's deliberately trance-like acting, Rossellini's melodramatic distress, and Hopper's over-the-top turn as the angry, liquid ether-inhaling sadist who has a violently sexual hold on Dorothy. (Also check out Dean Stockwell's sublime, campy turn as one of Frank's odd-ball colleagues!) Even the music — the title Bobby Vinton song and Angelo Badalamenti's eerie score — completes the director's disquieting effect. "Blue Velvet" stands as a cult classic: a lurid parable about innocence and evil that mystery/noir fans will find irresistible.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"