David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” is one of the great “I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time” films. Whether you know this 1986 masterpiece by heart or have yet to experience it, do not pass up the opportunity to see the film starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini at the North Park Theatre. “Velvet” screens at 9:30 p.m. from May 20 to May 27.
It’s the 30th anniversary for Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and the film remains strikingly, wonderfully disturbing. It’s easy to see why some audiences and critics (Roger Ebert was one) found it so difficult to stomach. But for many, the story of teenager Jeffrey Beaumont’s descent into the violent, psycho-sexual underbelly of Lumberton, N.C., was a cinematic game-changer.
And for those who never had the chance to see “Blue Velvet” on the big screen — in 1986, I was busy seeing “The Karate Kid Part II” at the Seneca Mall — experiencing the menace of Hopper, the music of Angelo Badalamenti, and the visuals of Lynch and cinematographer Frederick Elmes should be unforgettable. Just remember to pregame it with Pabst Blue Ribbon. (No Heineken.)
Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for students, $7 for seniors, and can be purchased at northparktheatre.org.
- Christopher Schobert