Christian Century, a 102-year-old, nondenominational, nonprofit weekly magazine out of Chicago, doesn't come out with a Top 10 film list. But exec editor James Wall had an editorial in last week's issue praising what he considers the best movie of the year. Ready? Are you sitting down?
"Blue Velvet," brutality, drugs, sadomasochistic sex and all.
Wall, who's written several books on film and serves frequently on film festival juries, warns his 40,000 readers that "Velvet" is "ugly and depressing." But he also writes that the David Lynch pic "does not revel in its violent content; it presents it with such sensitivity that the viewer is made to enter a world of darkness and despair. Evil is an ugly reality. To depict it properly in art, it needs neither to be exploited--as it is in a movie such as 'Rambo'--nor unintentionally, as it is in the reissued Disney movie, 'Song of the South,' with its long-discarded view of happy slaves. . . ."
Wall finds "Velvet" a "contemporary metaphor" for the fallen human being, said managing editor Linda Delloff, and offers viewers "a real depth of analysis of evil."
Therefore, the movie "is relevant for consideration by a religious magazine." The Century "investigates the relationship of religion to social, political and cultural issues" and is "mainline to liberal."