Velvet Goldmine

VELVET GOLDMINE. 1998

Director: Todd Haynes

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



A tale of the "Glam Rock" era, Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) was a notorious bisexual performer (a la Ziggy Stardust) & his number one heartthrob was Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor), both actors wonderful to see in gender-bending roles.

Neurotic Brian eventually destroys his career by faking his own murder on-stage, a hoax the public is unwilling to forgive. Ten years later a tabloid reporter (Christian Bale) sets out to find whatever became of the homosexual rocker, as memories of his own bisexual youth as a glamrock fan overwhelm him.

A small story line weaves through what is essentially an excuse for some great music. Most of the performers are actors so we're really listening to the music of Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan of T. Rex, & suchlike, though oddly enough it is not Eno singing his classic "Baby's on Fire."

I loved the music, for much of it was punk rock rather than glamrock & punk of course was way better. I loved the sustained fictional parallels to actual performers & I just liked the whole damned show. It may ultimately come off as a softcore porn rock video, but the fact that the music is so damned good makes it work.

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