Blue Velvet | Critical Essay by Lynda K. Bundtzen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Blue Velvet.
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Critical Essay by Lynda K. Bundtzen

SOURCE: Bundtzen, Lynda K. “‘Don't Look at Me!’: Woman's Body, Woman's Voice in Blue Velvet.Western Humanities Review 42, no. 3 (autumn 1988): 187-203.

In the following essay, Bundtzen examines Blue Velvet from a feminist and psychoanalytic perspective, challenging some of the methodologies’ assumptions.

… woman as representation signifies castration, inducing voyeuristic or fetishistic mechanisms to circumvent her threat. None of these interacting layers is intrinsic to film, but it is only in the film form that they can reach a perfect and beautiful contradiction, thanks to the possibility in the cinema of shifting the emphasis of the look. It is the place of the look that defines cinema, the possibility of varying it and exposing it.

—Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”

David Lynch's Blue Velvet provides...

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