Thursday, April 18, 2013

Velvet Goldmine



1998 British/American Feature

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard, Emily Woof, Michael Feast and Janet McTeer
Director: Todd Haynes
Writers: Todd Haynes and James K. Lyons

Synopsis:
A British journalist revisits his past while writing an article about the mysterious disappearance of former glam rock star Brian Slade.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 56% / Audience: 78%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 65% / Audience: 8.5%
  • OMG rating: 7 /10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design; also nominated for Best Makeup & Hair.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography; also nominated for Best Feature and Director.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Early titles for the film included Glitter Kids and Glam!
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers' Brian Slade was based on David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona, while Ewan McGregor's Curt Wild was based on Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. The character of Jack Fairy was based on Little Richard.
  • The film is strongly influenced by the ideas and life of Oscar Wilde (seen in the film as a progenitor of glam rock), and refers to events in his life and quotes his work on dozens of occasions. The work of Jean Genet (the subject of Todd Haynes' previous film, Poison) is referred to in imagery and also quoted in dialogue.

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