interesting but flawed - frustratingly got a couple things right... just listen to the the records.
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... read more
Directed by: Todd Haynes
Release Date: November 6, 1998
DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
Stats: 2,527 reviews
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November 10, 2012
A reporter investigates the life and legend of a glam rocker who faked his death years ago.
Todd Haynes's distinct style of flashy costumes and gay sexuality is on full display in this film. The musical numbers blend in, and the film seems like a chronicle of a sexually free byg...
October 1, 2012
It doesn't take a genius to piece this alternate history together: Curt Wild = Iggy Pop, Brian Slade = David Bowie and Jack Fairy = Lou Reed. But if this is a biopic, it's a capital-Q Queer one, which I mean in the academic sense, playing with the performed identities of these pe...
December 28, 2011
Brian Slade: Man is least himself when he talks in his own person... Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth.
"The Rise Of A Star... The Fall Of A Legend."
I strongly dislike Velvet Goldmine to the point where it was hard for me to get through the whole thing. I had to fi...
May 15, 2011
i don't understand this kind of movie. if you take away the makeup, Bowie impersonation and bisexuality, you're not left with much. just Christian Bale. actually, thats enough for me. three stars!
October 29, 2010
Jonathan Rhys Meyers leads a talented group of actors in this fantastic glam rock spectacle. Everything about this film set primarily in the 70s is decadent, and over the top: the music, the clothing, the sexual freedom, the drug abuse, and all the excesses of life. Toni Collete,...
May 26, 2010
Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. It had the ability to move in and out of conscious plot development that made me feel like i was listening to a song rather than watching a movie.
March 22, 2010
I watched this years ago and it was certainly visually striking. Interesting. I think I need to watch it again....
November 20, 2009
I really enjoyed the visual style of this movie. It captured the 70s era of glam rock perfectly and the social/sexual revolution it produced. It is perfectly acted by Johnathan Rys Meyers and Ewan McGregor, who embody the skewed versions of David Bowie and Iggy Pop quite well.
October 28, 2009
Everything here, the costumes, the sets, the soundtrack, all is so glamorous and colourful!, and Haynes managed pretty well to put on screen the dazzle and feel of the whole glam-rock scene.
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