Velvet Goldmine (1998)

TODD HAYNES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  

United Kingdom/USA, 1998.  Channel Four Films, Goldwyn Films, Killer Films, Miramax, Newmarket Capital Group, Single Cell Pictures, Zenith Entertainment.  Story by , Todd Haynes, Screenplay by Todd Haynes.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1998.  Cannes Film Festival 1998Independent Spirit Awards 1998

Overly long and messy but visually stunning tribute to the period of seventies glam rock. plays a Ziggy Stardust-like singer whose death during a concert performance leads many of his closest fans and admirers to suspect he may have staged it as a publicity stunt. Christian Bale decides to investigate the matter personally, and so interviews Rhys-Meyers’ good friend (Toni Collette) and ex-lover () to find out more of a back story on this stunning musical icon whom he himself worshipped as a teenager. The music is first-rate, as are Sandy Powell’s costumes, but you’ll be tired of it long before it’s over.

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