Do it for Van Gogh engages in a close textual analysis of Dorothy Vallen’s (Isabella Rossellini) apartment in Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986). It questions Dorothy’s subjectivity in the film and offers a speculative conclusion. Unpicking point of view and point of audition, this audiovisual essay argues that we gain a deformed understanding of the space of Dorothy’s apartment and what we witness as an audience, as sound and image do not always align within the film. The scenes in Dorothy’s apartment are re-cut to highlight Lynch’s directorial vision, illustrating the skilful means in which we are drawn into the mystery. We are mostly positioned beside Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle McLachlan) in Dorothy’s closet, and as such, we are implicated in Jeffrey’s voyeurism and eavesdropping. Through videographic criticism we discover two moments when Dorothy looks directly at Jeffery in the closet and in turn, the camera, thus threatening the male gaze. These looks to camera raise questions about whether Dorothy has been aware of our presence in her apartment and closet all along.
Spanish Translation - Niamh Thornton
Italian Translation - Margaret Petrarca