Velvet Goldmine

Velvet Goldmine


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/15/2011
UPC: 0031398138242
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:59:00

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

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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Velvet Goldmine 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Velvet Goldmine is among my top three favorite films of all time. There is something so magical about the film that draws me back to watch it again and again without tiring of it. Incredible performances by all stars and costars, and the cinematography is so captivating and excellent, you feel as if you are part of the characters' dreams and realities. If there is any film that has inspired me in my music and writing the most, it is definitely this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good movie...if you like Ewan McGregor and like to watch movies with lots of color and full of life, you must see it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great movie! Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a fantastic Brian Slade. Ewan McGregor is also good in this movie as well as Micko Westmoreland.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So one of my favorite actresses Toni Collette dresses like Jennifer French in AbFab through this movie- the glam rock costuming is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS as the setting for this outrageous, touching, stirring and definitely different coming of age movie told in retrospective. Christian Bale and Ewan MacGregor are great- be prepared this has a strong gay theme with full frontal nudity so do not watch if this offends you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Ewan Mcgregor and you liked that one scene in ''Trainspotting'' ( oh yeah, you know the one) Then you will LOVE this movie It was cinematic excellence.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Velvet Goldmine is a beautiful film that does glitter justice. The characters are portrayed convincingly, the costuming is superb, and the music is, of course, fantastic. If you like glitter rock and all that goes with it, this will be a great film for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
...You will find this movie fascinating. With it's most likely accurate depiction of that time in the history of Rock (or as known as 'Glitter Rock'). The lead character, Brian Slade, appeared to be modeled at least initially, after David Bowie, who if I'm not mistaken, at one point predicted his own on stage assassination. Fortunately, that never happened, or was never done theatrically, as in this movie. If you like movies that make you think afterwards, this is for you. Ewan MacGregor's moves reminded me of Iggy Pop. Yet, there are scenes that make you wonder if it is a combination of everyone from Bowie, (the American Wife) brilliantly played by Toni Collette, to Lou Reed/Iggy Pop, to the late Marc Bolan. Even the reinventions of some of the characters remind you of everyone from Bowie and Iggy Pop, to Madonna. An amazing portrait of a time that most of us are too young to have really witnessed, but created some wonderful music. Last of all, wanted to make sure to mention the amazing cast...truly worth viewing, if a modern music fan. (yes, those car commercials, use a lot of T-Rex songs...since most aren't familiar with the originals: Jeepster, 20th Century Boy, etc.)