Velvet Goldmine

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Time Out says

This witty, evocative re-creation of the heady days of glam rock is loosely structured on the lines of a Citizen Kane-style flashback narrative, with a journalist (Bale) sent back from New York to Britain to investigate, ten years on, the disappearance of Bowie-like star Brian Slade (Meyers) after an on-stage assassination is revealed to have been a publicity stunt. Partly a film à clef which retranslates real-life events and personalities into a dazzling fiction, partly an unsentimental celebration of an era of (potential) pan-sexual liberation (complete with unexpected but fitting tribute to Oscar Wilde), and partly a typically Haynesian study of transgression, identity and the gulf between private and public image, it's superbly shot, edited and performed, and exhilaratingly inventive throughout.
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Release details

UK release:

1998

Duration:

123 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Todd Haynes

Cast:

Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Eddie Izzard

Music:

Carter Burwell

Production Designer:

Christopher Hobbs

Editor:

James Lyons

Cinematography:

Maryse Alberti

Screenwriter:

Todd Haynes

Producer:

Christine Vachon

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