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There is 1 comment on One Day, One Class: Delving into the Mind of David Lynch

  1. I’m in this class and it is by far one of the most interesting courses I’ve taken at BU. I also think this is a very well-written piece. However, I do take exception to the fact that so much is made about people laughing during the rape scene in Blue Velvet. During the screening of the movie, only two or three people laughed and these are the same two or three people who laugh through every disturbing scene. This is not true of the entire class: most people are quiet, probably even sickened. These movies are definitely unsettling experiences, and I think the majority of the class reacts properly to them.

    The experience is somewhat ruined, though, when the person behind you laughs so obnoxiously that you miss dialogue. At the same time, its interesting to think about why those two or three people laugh as they do, which this article touches on. Is it a defense mechanism? Do they not want to accept what they are seeing on screen for what it is, so they reduce it to something laugh-worthy? Are they desensitized to such violence, and if so, what (if anything) could they be shown that would elicit the proper response of disgust? All of these are interesting questions that are worth exploring.

    Now that I think about it, when such a scene like the rape in Blue Velvet comes on screen and the person next to you laughs hysterically, it definitely adds to the mood. The scene becomes that much more unsettling because someone – someone you know – finds it humorous. Your disgust builds, not only for the characters in the movie, but the people in the seats next to you. The horror depicted on the screen is no longer relegated to the screen; you understand that this disturbing behavior is not a creation of fiction, but a reflection of real human nature. And maybe thats what Lynch was trying to do.

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