I posted a couple of short clips recently but they didn't generate any conversation. So I thought I would try one more time with a bit from him about Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986). I know there are people reading who are really into cinema and culture studies so I thought maybe this would spark more interest. He watches films through the eyes of french psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, but that doesn't really matter. He speaks in plain language and I think anyone with an interest in psychology and culture can get some nuggets from his analysis of films.
The below clip is him breaking down that infamous scene in "Blue Velvet" where small town good boy Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan) is trapped in a stranger's closet while investigating a murder and witnesses a psychotoc, nitrous huffing Dennis Hopper (Frank) abuse and rape a shy, passive woman (Dorothy). It is a truly disturbing scene. The outlandishness of it all used to baffled me so I would sort of write it off as Lynch being weird just for the sake of being weird. Nevertheless, the power of scene has always intrigued me and now Žižek makes some sense of it.
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