Now Braatz has made a kind of poem about Blue Velvet, evocative and captivating and strange, a cinema voyeur’s behind-the-scenes ticket to the making of the controversial film that is now regarded as a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.
It is also a quietly mesmerizing sensory experience, with a distinctive rhythm and look that makes it a stand-alone artwork rather than a mimetic mirror of its subject.
The result is a gorgeous, woozy Super-8 time-capsule film-poem, which dispenses with traditional narration in favour of a hypnotic collage of unseen footage, archive photographs and audio recordings, set to a suitably dreamy soundtrack by Tuxedomoon and Cult With No Name.
Lynch also shares an affinity with Braatz, who demonstrates some keen filmmaking instincts. His material pays homage to the master, but also demonstrates confidence in its own depiction of the internal, unknowable quality of individual creative power. With a terrific soundtrack and its insightful, rare footage, Blue Velvet Revisited is nirvana for Lynch nerds; though even those with a perfunctory interest in filmmaking could do with seeing this fascinating gem.
…....Blue Velvet Revisited is far from a conventional making-of and very much a film for fans of Lynch and of Blue Velvet, who will find a reasonable amount to sink their teeth into. Much like Lynch himself, Blue Velvet Revisited is an oddity, but one that a certain group of people will really enjoy spending time with.
Blue Velvet Revisited is a poetic memory of a time, a transcendental observation of Peter’s experiences on the set.
The mixture of neon and special effect between such wonderfully named segments as “Do It for Van Gogh” are the only modern looking element and sit well alongside the incredible footage from the set and rare photographs that make up Peter Braatz film. You don’t need to have seen Blue Velvet to appreciate the look of the film…
This film isn’t a forensic analysis of Lynch’s provocative and idiosyncratic 1986 thriller however, but there are plenty of books and films out there for that purpose anyway. Instead, we have a pleasing, nostalgia-tinged trawl through the photography and film archives of German filmmaker Peter Braatz, who Lynch brought onto the set of his Blue Velvet to document the production.
Rather than a narrative accompaniment of behind the scenes footage and straight forward interviews, Blue Velvet Revisited acts as a visuals notation of the film. Eerie in places, visually striking and with a beautiful soundtrack.
Peter Braatz’ lyrical documentary is a must-watch for all fans of David Lynch’s surreal, beautiful, disturbing work.
Braatz portrays bit by bit how Lynch made the movie he dreamed of.
A highlight is an off-camera conversation between the young Braatz and the young Lynch about a girl Braatz has fallen in love with back in Germany. Another highlight is hearing Lynch talk about how excited he is about Blue Velvet and the “awful lot of fun” he and the crew had making it.
…it’s a treat to see the youthful Lynch waxing enthusiastic about the then-latest filmmaking technologies; or even to see him personally finishing the detailing on a background prop. The impression that comes across is that this is what it takes to be a great artist: awareness, imagination and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done.
Braatz had learned from the master, and when it was his turn, he, too, created a work of art. Blue Velvet Revisited may be a documentary, but it’s not your standard collection of talking heads gushing about each other and the moviemaking process; it’s an experimental film in itself. Braatz immerses the viewer in impressions, making them feel like they are on-set and part of the creative process.
26:20 minutes: http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/umetni-raj/174440196
05:08 minutes: http://4d.rtvslo.si/arhiv/kultura/174438390
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_KB28mYCaE – Ni crno ni belo 147 – Radmila Djuica i Peter Brac – (TV KCN)
Newspaper Večer – Supplement Bonbon – https://belafilm.si/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Vecer1.pdf
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