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Blue Velvet

When: Fri., June 12, 6 p.m. 2015



NORTH CAROLINA MUSUEM OF HISTORY—Dean Stockwell lip-synching Roy Orbison and Isabella Rossellini singing Tony Bennett, turning platitudes into afterlife anthems. An unspeakably lurid Dennis Hopper huffing mysterious vapors through a gas mask, humping everything in sight. Kyle MacLachlan hiding behind a louvered closet door, peeking through the slats at frightening things he can't look away from. These are but a few of the many indelible images in 1986's Blue Velvet, perhaps the definitive David Lynch film. A kind of retro-suburban noir infused with Lynch's usual dream states and dissociative personalities, it's a one-of-a-kind take on a well-worn theme: the dark secrets that inevitably squirm beneath veneers of normalcy. MacLachlan's character and his love interest—played by Laura Dern, whose sweet, beautiful face can instantly twist into rubbery agony—are like characters from a wholesome 1950s teen romance teleported into a world of eruptive violence and sexual deviance, which they find irresistible even as they denounce it. Blue Velvet was filmed in Wilmington and Lumberton, and is set in the latter. Before this screening, visit the Museum's Starring North Carolina! exhibit, where you can see iconic props from the film, including Rossellini's blue velvet robe and the severed ear (don't worry, it's silicone) that opens the movie so perfectly. The camera zooms into its maze of whorls as if helplessly drawn, like MacLachlan's squeaky-clean but furtive character, toward concealed interior depths where it really should not go. 6 p.m., $4–$5, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh, 919-807-7900, Howe

Price: $5



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