Top10Films Presents Classic Scenes #1

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Classics Scenes #1: David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”

Top10Films kicks off another new series with its first ‘Classic Scene’. This reoccurring feature will look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic, memorable, heartbreaking, horrific, frightening, awe-inspiring, death-defying, funny and, lets face it, bloody great scenes that live long in every audience that has witnessed them.

What better way to kick the series off with a tribute to late actor Dennis Hopper who passed away May 29, 2010. Of his many fantastic roles, few were as strange as his turn in David Lynch’s equally mind-boggling “Blue Velvet”. However, despite its strangeness Hopper was captivating in the role of sexual deviant Frank Booth. The character, without wanting to sound disparaging, seemed ready made for the Hollywood Hellraiser known for his rampant drug-taking, crazy and often violent antics, and promiscuous sexual habits.

In Top10Films Classic Scene #1 a curious Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) is the voyeur, hiding in Dorothy Vallens’ (Isabella Rosellini) closet as Booth inflicts another nitrous oxide-induced sexual act on Dorothy. Lynch, with the assured hand of a veteran director, paints a scene you are horrified by but cannot turn away from. We discover that Booth is keeping Dorothy’s husband captive in order to force sexual favours out of her. Dennis Hopper is the central focus of the scene – he’s foul-mouthed and violent, a sociopath with an anger that bubbles into uncontrollable rage.

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    Peter Duke Reply

    A great actor and one of his most memorable performances.

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    Ross McG Reply

    man, gives me shivers just looking at the picture. scary stuff

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    Dan Reply

    Haha…yeah, very creepy character – someone you don’t forget very easily.

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    Fitz Reply

    Hopper scares the crap out of me in this film.

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      Dan Reply

      So true…terrifying performance.

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    mark Reply

    You’re probably aware of the folklore, but apparently Blue velvet was one of Hopper’s first films as a recovering alcoholic – he reportedly contacted Lynch and said he should have the Booth role as (and I’m paraphrasing here) “I am Frank Booth.”

    Then he went on to make Hoosiers, in which he played a recovering alcoholic and was nominated for an Oscar(R).

    Then he went on to make heaps of movies and create that far out house in LA.

    Read a wee bit about Hopper and his wild days. Not sure promiscuous sexual habits came up that much – definitely not in the same way one may apply the term to someone like Don Simpson.

    Personally, my favourite Booth moment is when he’s with Ben (Dean Stockwell) – after the Roy Orbison song is sung, Lynch slowly zooms in on Hopper (effectively pushing Stockwell and the others out of the frame), who claims “Let’s hit the fucking road!” Then he vanishes. The part where he puts lipstick on and tells Kyle that a loveletter is “a bullet from my fucking gun” before beating the poor boy to a pulp is also pretty wild.

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