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Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch’s early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lynch spent several years studying here, creating a body of work with a je ne sais quoi only identifiable as his own. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms...
Presenting more than 60 films over six weeks from July 17-August 27, “Indie 80s,” at BAMcinématek, is the camp-out-in-front-of-the-building event of the summer. Today, it’s a given that filmmakers can come from anywhere, nurtured by local scenes before linking up at festivals in mid-sized cities; this series is a comprehensive survey of the first generation of American films to spring up following the rapid decentralization of the movie industry. It’s a stunningly diverse series,...
Over the course of his 90-minute conversation with Paul Holdengräber at BAM last night (watch some of it here), the word David Lynch kept returning to over and over again was "beautiful." Lynch used "beautiful" to describe a Chaim Soutine painting of a plucked goose. Lynch used "beautiful" to describe a falling down factory that he'd photographed in Poland. Lynch used "beautiful" to describe a film still from Blue Velvet which shows a disembodied ear,...