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29 OCTOBER 2012

Blue Velvet: the dark underside of America's collective fantasies

"Blue Velvet begins with the lily–white small town of America's collective fantasies and shows us its dark underside: drugs, violence, sex, and particularly sexual perversion. Our hero, Jeffrey, hiding in the dark, peers through the slats of Dorothy Vallens' closet at Dorothy getting undressed and Frank's strange sadomasochistic sex with her. Jeffrey stands for all of us American filmgoers peering (voyeuristically!) at Evil in traditional American films. Lynch clues us as to how we should read his film when he shows us a cluster of ants under the Beaumonts' pretty lawn. This is Tennyson's nature red in tooth and claw–the underside of cutesy Lumberton with its free enterprise propensity for cutting down trees."

(Norman N. Holland)



1986 • Alfred Tennyson • ants • Blue Velvet (1986) • collective fantasies • communitydark undersideDavid Lynch • Dennis Hopper • Dorothy Vallens • drugs • evil in films • feature filmfilm • filmgoers peering • free enterprise • hiding in the dark • Isabella Rossellini • Kyle MacLachlan • Laura Dern • lily-white • Lumberton • melodramanature • pretty lawn • repressionsadomasochistic sexsexsexual perversionsmall townsmall town Americasocietyundercurrents • underside • violencevisual spectaclevoyeurism


Simon Perkins
22 AUGUST 2006

Martin Arnold: a cinema of repression

"The cinema of Hollywood is a cinema of exclusion, reduction and denial, a cinema of repression. There is always something behind that which is being represented, which was not represented. And it is exactly that that is most interesting to consider."

(Martin Arnold)



American family life • Andy Hardy (character) • cinemaculture jammingcut-up techniquedenial • elongated aural cadences • exclusionfilmHollywoodHollywood starintimate movement • Martin Arnold • mash-up • Mickey Rooney • muscle movements • nonverbal behaviour • Oedipal relationships • old fashioned family valuesparody • possessive spectator • radical manipulationre-purposereductionrepeating formrepresentrepressed desiresrepression • sexual repression • sexual undercurrent • stutter-step progressionstuttering edits • undetectable tics • unwholesomenesswholesomeness
24 MAY 2005

Wranglers: Exposing Homoerotic Tensions Within Westerns

I created this short clip in 1995 from re–purposed shots from Fritz Lang's 1952 film 'Rancho Notorious'. This sequence works to expose homoerotic tensions inherent in the Western film genre.

The sequence shows Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) Rancho Notorious' protagonist, struggle to 'escape the frame' and the admiring advances of his outlaw compatriots - Frenchy Fairmont (Mel Ferrer), Mort Geary (Jack Elam), Kinch (Lloyd Gough), Wilson (George Reeves), Starr (Stuart Randall), Red (Roger Anderson) et al. Through deleting the subject of the cowboy's attentions Marlene Dietrich, I was able to shift the meaning of the scene from one that centred on heterosexual interest to one that centred on homosexual desire.

I created the sound track using a similar technique. I did so through splicing sections of the original sound track together so that it would evoke some of the melodrama of the original film.

The clip was created using the early non–linear editing platform Avid Media Suite Pro.
(Simon Perkins)

Fig.1 Simon Perkins (1995). 'Wranglers' digitised and cut–up VHS video, 3:21 minutes.



1995appropriation • Arthur Kennedy • Avid Media Suite Procinemaculture jammingcut-up techniquedenialexclusionfilmfilm genre • Francis McDonald • Frank Ferguson • Fritz Langgenre • George Reeves • Hollywoodhomoeroticismkiwi short filmsMarlene Dietrichmasculinitymash-up • Mel Ferrer • melodrama • outlaw • parody • Rancho Notorious (1952) • re-editre-purposerecodingreductionrepresentrepressed desiresrepressionrevisionshort filmSimon Perkinsspatial reconfigurationstutter-step progressionstuttering editssubstitutionsubtexttechnologically-rendered spacewestern film genre • Wranglers (1995)

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