How David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" is a Postmodernism Parody.

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After closely analyzing David Lynch's "Blue Velvet", we learn that the movie is not demanding us to remember the good times of the past but instead is criticizing this time period as well as making fun of it. Parodies are shown by overuse or repetitiveness. We repeatedly see many objects, scenes that remind us of the 1950's sitcoms we have all seen in re-runs. David Lynch purposely uses vivid lighting, such as the bright blue sky or picket fence. Lynch also makes sure people dressed and talked the same way as they would in the fifties. David Lynch does a great job of capturing the movie viewer to make them think that they too are in this time era.

David Lynch also wants to make sure that the viewer keeps close attention throughout the movie. He does this by adding a lot of suspense. This is shown when one character states, "See that clock on the wall? In five minutes you are not going to believe what I have just told you."

That one sentence gives us the viewer, a sense of mystery as if we were being talked to. It is at this time when everything else in our life stops. The only thing we want to know is, "What is he going to tell him?" This is just one of the many situations of suspense throughout the entire film.

I have learned many things, after reading the analysis of David Lynch'sBlue Velvet. I have come to realize that the director of a film must thoroughly think about each scene of a movie before making it. It is amazing how David Lynch can make the viewer one with the movie just by making the surroundings so real. Once David Lynch puts you into this state...