Velvet Goldmine  [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]
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USA locked blu ray disc. Todd Haynes' 'Velvet Goldmine' apparently loosely based on David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Great cast and production (especially the costumes).
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The music is fantastic with Rhys Meyers performing many of his songs (and he's a pretty good singer!) as well as a couple by Ewan, more recently known for his contribution to Moulin Rouge!'s music. Also present are a selection of other songs such as "Make Me Smile" and "20th Century Boy" (ah, we love Placebo!) fitting the era and atmosphere - though I wasn't even born then so perhaps I am less critical than someone who remembers Bowie's greatness!
I also loved the way the film was put together. The jolting touches of memory and somewhat irregular presentation as Arthur digs out the truth lead the viewer to conclusions and provide for an intriguing storyline (ripped straight out of Citizen Kane). The music videos are great to watch and revisit via the chapter selection and the documentary on the DVD is also pretty good although in my opinion was too much about the era and not enough about the film!
All in all, get this film if you're into slightly alternative cinema, glam rock or just gay issues :) There are some wonderful lines from Brian on bisexuality but you'll have to wait and see them for yourself :)
The connection with Oscar Wilde and his childhood ambition to become a 'pop idol' spawns the idea that the classic poets were the originators of the artistic sex, drugs, rock n' roll lifestyle that is explored in the movie. The plot concerning the brooch is not intended to be historically accurate, but instead adds a beauty to the story, and acts as a motif that connects past and present events. The film uses fantastical imagery (including a flying saucer), which adds a surreal edge. The film doesn't imply that homosexuals are the spawn of aliens (as another reviewer suggested!)...this indeed would be extremely far-fetched. There are lots of references to heaven and the stars, which is an idea employed by poets during the enlightenment, implying that the characters have stumbled upon their own divine movement, adding to the idea of revolution and freedom.
They are loosely based on real rock stars, but concentrates more on the musical love affair with America and England.
Love the faux seventies music and glamerous costumes, I can't understand the bad reviews.
There is no getting away from it, Velvet Goldmine divides film lovers across the spectrum, some folk are genuinely baffled by it, others (such as myself) think it's close to being genius, while some cinematic observers want to throw up at the mere mention of the film! I once engaged in a conversation with a fellow cinephile who positively hated the film with a passion, it was clear that we both watched a very different movie, nothing he said sounded remotely like the film I had watched and adored. Here I am after my third viewing thinking that I'm still right and that Velvet Goldmine demands repeat viewings to fully comprehend director Todd Haynes outlandish homages.
This is not remotely close to being a true story of the era, but it certainly has its finger on the pulse as regards how the genre evolved and lit up so many a dull dole day for many many people. Some instances and characters are based around factual things, I mean you would have to seriously know nothing about music to not see the David Bowie and Iggy Pop structured core on show here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film! Soundtrack and costumes are just amazing. Arrived quickly.Published 3 months ago by Laxtitute22
Special film. Fascinating to see Ewan McGregor and C Bale in this old-timer filmPublished 3 months ago by Arild D
Rubbish! Was not what I thought it would be, its like someones idea of the era but is way wide of the mark. Its more like a bad cabaret show. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Michael P. Farrell
I came at this film as a long-standing fan of Bowie, Bolan, Roxy, Eno, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. The finished piece inevitably falls short given Bowie's refusal to licence his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Julie D
Truly wacky but unforgettable movie full of gorgeous guys in full display mode [even Ewan McGregor who's bouncingly naked at one point], and an interesting take on Glam Rock era. Read morePublished 14 months ago by abi21gail