Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine

DVD - 1998
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It's been 10 years since glam-rock superstar Brian Slade faked his own death and vanished from the spotlight. Now, it's the job of an investigative reporter to locate this living legend and uncover the truth behind his disappearance!
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment, [1998]
ISBN: 9780788815744
0788815741
9786314219024
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE VELVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + program sheet
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 2.0
NTSC
video file,DVD video,Region 1

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RomanceAddict Nov 05, 2019

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is wonderful as Brian Slade, the Bowie-esque, bisexual pop star with his own Ziggy Stardust alter ego, Maxwell Demon. Slade fakes his own death as a publicity stunt and then disappears from public life. Ewan McGregor is more Kurt Cobain than Iggy Pop, but he takes on his role enthusiastically, singing, dropping trou and shaking his bare backside at the audience as Curt Wild, the American rocker who immediately captivates Slade. Christian Bale plays the journalist Arthur, who is tasked with locating Slade and finding out what he's been up to as the 10th anniversary of his faked death rolls around. Toni Colette plays Slade's jaded ex-wife, Mandy.

The soundtrack is outstanding; since Bowie wouldn't allow his music to be used, original songs with a sound very like his Ziggy-era work were written and produced for this film.

LPL_SarahM Jul 22, 2019

It's a bit of a slog but fun overall. The great cast makes up for some of the holes in the storytelling.

amyraeweaver May 05, 2019

A dizzying mashup of Citizen Kane, 1984, and Angela Bowie's Backstage Passes that tells the story of glam rock like no other, featuring stars like Ewan MacGregor, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyer. By fictionalizing the lives of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and others, Haynes gives himself room to capture the feel of the time he's after without being overly slavish to fact. (None of these characters, least of all Oscar Wilde, were abandoned here by mysterious UFOs, but somehow, it feels like they could have been, doesn't it?) Perhaps most poignant is seeing how Christian Bale's character blossoms in the dying days of glam rock, buoyed by the music that's helped him understand himself, especially knowing that he's had to become far less open about himself in the more restrictive, conservative 1980s. This is a movie about spectacle--incredible costumes, phenomenal music--but more than that, it's about what's behind the spectacle...and what's left behind when all the glitter's swept away.

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RosaSR
Sep 21, 2016

One of my favorite music movies...highly creative use of actual historical facts used to create a new movie..if you know the history of Bowie, Iggy, Lou, Ferry...it can either be a good thing or bother you, depends on your association to history. I LOVE the music, outfits, and seeing Ewan as Iggy!

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Ichigaga
Dec 23, 2014

A glorious mess of a movie. Captures the spirit of 'glam'. Based on Bowie, with a character reminiscent of Iggy Pop, but takes it's own path.

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dschan
Jan 18, 2011

Turned it off after 15 minutes.

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somethingvague
Jan 11, 2013

Reporter: Brian! Why the make-up?

Brian Slade: Why? Because rock and roll's a prostitute. It should be tarted up! Performed! The music is the mask, while I, in my chiffon and taff - well - varda the message!

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somethingvague
Jan 11, 2013

"Today, there'd be fighting in the streets. But in 1972, it was more like dancing."

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Saint_Mirin
Jun 26, 2012

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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