Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

4.9 11
Director: Todd Haynes

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette

     
 

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At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, American independent director Todd Haynes (Safe) received the "Artistic Achievement" award for this re-creation of the UK glam rock scene of the early '70s. Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who does a character named Maxwell Demon, predicts his own death onstage. As per his prediction, this happens, but whenSee more details below

Overview

At the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, American independent director Todd Haynes (Safe) received the "Artistic Achievement" award for this re-creation of the UK glam rock scene of the early '70s. Glam rock star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who does a character named Maxwell Demon, predicts his own death onstage. As per his prediction, this happens, but when the killing is exposed as a hoax, it marks the end of Slade's stardom. A decade later, in 1984, Brit reporter and former Slade fan Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale), who witnesses the hoax murder, gets the assignment to do a "Whatever Happened To..?" article, and the film's plot suddenly goes into a prismatic Citizen Kane mode, reflecting various angles on Slade's life and career. Arthur visits the wheelchair-bound Cecil (Michael Feast), who discovered Slade, and then tracks Slade through his early life and his initial encounter with outrageous, maniacal American singer Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor). Slade's rise begins as manager Jerry Divine (Brit comedian Eddie Izzard) moves in to take over the performer's career. Ex-wife Mandy Slade (Toni Collette), interviewed by Arthur in a dimly lit nightclub, has memories going back to their initial 1969 Sombrero Club encounter. Their marriage paralleled his Bowie-like ascent to fame as an innovative, bisexual rock star pushing the limits. Idolized by teens, Slade teamed up for a while with the drug-addicted Wild. Eventually, the marriage of Mandy and Slade comes to an end, and she hasn't seen him in seven years when she's interviewed by Arthur. The soundtrack features vintage music by Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed and Brian Eno, plus new tunes. Some background on the making of Velvet Goldmine is documented in producer Christine Vachon's book Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter (Avon, 1998) by Vachon with Slate film critic David Edelstein.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A richly detailed, vibrant examination of the 1970s glam rock scene, Todd Haynes' colorful follow-up to his acclaimed 1995 film Safe is slightly more accommodating to mainstream audiences, but retains his trademark allegorical singularity and almost-Kubrickian chilliness. The film is cast to perfection, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor completely convincing as sullen, wayward rock stars, and Christian Bale's reporter character a most sympathetic figure. Interestingly, Bale's subplot plays as an homage to Orson Welles' landmark 1941 masterwork Citizen Kane, its overlapping narrative combining the past with the present in an attempt to investigate the film's central mystery. An unfortunate misfire in theaters, where it never connected with its core audience, Haynes' film is a terrific example of uncompromised independent filmmaking, recalling the days of Ken Russell and Richard Lester more than anyone. The film was also a surprise Oscar nominee for its exceptional costume design by Sandy Powell, who ended up winning the prize that year for the more audience-friendly Shakespeare in Love.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398138242
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
4,257

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Curt Wild
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Brian Slade
Toni Collette Mandy Slade
Christian Bale Arthur Stuart
Eddie Izzard Jerry Divine
Emily Woof Shannon
Michael Feast Cecil
Ganiat Kasumu Mary
Janet McTeer Narrator

Technical Credits
Todd Haynes Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Maryse Alberti Cinematographer
Chris J. Ball Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
Christopher Hobbs Production Designer
Peter King Makeup
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
James Lyons Editor,Original Story
Scott Meek Executive Producer
Andrew Munro Art Director
Eliza Paley Sound Editor
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Waldo Roeg Asst. Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Paul Soucek Sound Editor
Sandy Stern Executive Producer
Olivia Stewart Co-producer
Michael Stipe Executive Producer
William Tyrer Executive Producer
Christine Vachon Producer

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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program start [2:39]
2. "I want to be a pop idol" [1:42]
3. Opening credits [3:33]
4. The assassination [2:07]
5. "Perfect and poisonous" [4:42]
6. "Because you remember" [4:25]
7. Research [3:20]
8. "Once upon a time" [3:38]
9. Dandies of pop [5:13]
10. Meet Curt Wild [5:45]
11. "I wish I'd thought of it" [6:13]
12. Mandy [2:15]
13. New Year's Eve 1969 [6:38]
14. "That's me!" [3:11]
15. A star is born [1:47]
16. The new wardrobe mistress [2:25]
17. "You could be my main man" [4:29]
18. Taking over the world [3:57]
19. Baby's on fire [5:02]
20. Walking out the door [4:03]
21. "Lost in a lie" [6:13]
22. Down with Brian Slade [3:23]
23. "Mandy was just leaving" [3:34]
24. "Death of glitter" [4:41]
25. Searching for Curt [4:51]
26. "Make a wish" [5:27]
27. Tommy Stone [1:34]
28. "A man's life is his image" [5:32]
29. Farewell to Brian Slade [2:46]
30. End credits [3:58]

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