Imagine Film Festival, which runs April 10–20 at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is loaded with amazing genre film fare from around the world. Among the outstanding slices of cinema offered during the fest’s first few nights this year were two films dealing with different types of domestic horror, and a behind-the-scenes documentary about David Lynch’s still-disturbing Blue Velvet (1986).
Blue Velvet Revisited
As a fan of David Lynch and Blue Velvet — one of my very top favorite films of all time — I was eager to see what the documentary Blue Velvet Revisited (2016) had to offer. Lynch invited German writer/director Peter Braatz to document the behind-the-scenes world of the shooting of Blue Velvet, and after 30 years, Braatz finally edited his super 8mm footage and photographs together.
This film lacks narration, with the director instead opting for an instrumental, ethereal rock music soundtrack with snippets of his on-set interviews with Lynch and stars Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and other cast and crew members. The result is a loose meditation rather than a coherent documentary. The film does have plenty of interesting rare footage and audio, with highlights such as Rossellini rehearsing her “Blue Velvet” nightclub scene without her wig and iconic dress, and Lynch talking about how he would like to make films using computers should the technology ever become available.
The documentary also comes off more
- Joseph Perry, Blue Velvet Revisited