Blue Velvet Film Analysis

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Blue Velvet may seem to be a film about love or good and evil yet it is more complex because of the relationship between characters. The presence of contrast between characters and colors is the key elements in the film, Blue Velvet. Blue Velvet is a mystery-suspense film directed by David Lynch. The film begins with a discovery of a severed human ear found in a field. The accidental case leads a young man, Jeffrey, on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer, Dorothy, and a group of sociopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child and husband. Looking at the contrast of the characters within themselves is very interesting and useful as well as how they contrast with other characters in the film. The contrast of…show more content…
Respectively, Sandy and Dorothy Vallens function as opposite poles by which Jeffrey gauges his own mental states. He associates with Sandy most often during the day, communicating with her his rational plans and hypotheses about the mystery he is involved in. Her sensibility puts him in touch with the world of the everyday and the familiar as she serves to reorient him to the surface when he risks becoming subsumed by the mystery of his own mind. In contrast, Jeffrey turns into different personality following the alternation of day and night. Dorothy is associated with the irrational, and exists as a site for Jeffrey. When she discovered Jeffrey in her closet, she threatened him with a knife as she thinks him a voyeur. Discovering who he is, she had him undress at knifepoint and began to perform sexual behaviors. The behaviors and actions towards Jeffrey are taken by two female characters have opposite tone and mood. Furthermore, Dorothy incites Jeffrey to gain knowledge of his own unconscious desires and perversions. Curiously, Jeffrey acts as a preserver for Dorothy when her own fears of falling threaten to overwhelm. The relationship between Sandy and Dorothy, characters and colors in the film take on emotional and psychological…show more content…
When Frank first appears in the movie, he inflicts his bizarre sexual proclivities which include inhaling with a gas mask and acting like a baby upon Dorothy. Frank is an extremely violent man whose orgasmic climax is a fit of both pleasure and rage. He continually refers to her as "Mommy" and to himself as both the "Daddy" and the "Baby," who "wants to fuck." After Frank left, Jeffrey left the closet and attempted to comfort Dorothy. She becomes desperate, tries to seduce Jeffrey again and demands that he hit her. However, when Jeffrey refuses, she tells him to leave. Although both male characters showed up in the same setting of the scene, Dorothy’s responses are distinctively different. Moreover, color evokes an emotional or psychological state as the blue velvet is a source of arousal and comfort for Frank. Frank finds comfort in and feeds off of the absence of light. He remarks at several points in the film, “now it’s dark,” as if to communicate his psychological comfort and familiarity with the unconscious. This psychopathic behavior emphasizes Frank’s personality and its characteristic compared to Jeffrey’s. These show the contrast between two male characters in the
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