Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Interviews from David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’

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Through March 31, Film Forum will screen a restored version of David Lynch’s masterpiece Blue Velvet , starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, and Dennis Hopper. The film set in a small-town suburb is a prime example of Lynch’s ability to peel back the veneer of polite society to expose the darkness underneath.

In the film, a plucky young man (MacLachlan) navigates a dangerous world where a psychopathic criminal (Hopper) and tragic nightclub singer (Rossellini) draw him deeper into a surreal mystery.

In honor of the film’s 30th anniversary, we’ve collected several behind-the-scenes interviews and photos that show the making of Lynch’s 1986 movie, reminding us that “It’s a strange world,” as MacLachlan’s Jeffrey Beaumont said.

No Frank in Lumberton

In 1985, David Lynch invited German photographer Peter Braatz to the shoot of Blue Velvet in Wilmington, North Carolina. The artist captured 70 reels of footage and took nearly 1,000 photos — all of which was featured in a 1988 documentary called No Frank in Lumberton, referring to Dennis Hopper’s antagonist Frank Booth and the small town where the film is set. Cult With No Name, Tuxedomoon, and John Foxx were commissioned for the soundtrack. The unused footage and interviews are featured in the upcoming documentary Blue Velvet Revisited.

The Mysteries of Love

The 2002 70-minute documentary The Mysteries of Love goes behind the scenes of Blue Velvet, featuring interviews with Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, and Dennis Hopper. We get to hear the crew’s thoughts about the use of nudity, what test audiences felt about the movie, and more.

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