The Watching Hour: Velvet Goldmine

The Watching Hour: Velvet Goldmine

USA, 1998, 124 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Genre/Subjects: Detective/Mystery, Fantasy, Gay/Lesbian, Music, Romance, Substance Abuse
Language: English

35mm presentation - Loosely based on the experiences and personalities of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, VELVET GOLDMINE is a wild, glitter-laced trip through the 1970s era of Glam rock. Fictional characters Brian Slade... Loosely based on the experiences and personalities of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, VELVET GOLDMINE is a wild, glitter-laced trip through the 1970s era of Glam rock. Fictional characters Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Curt Wild (Ewan McGregor) are personifications of Glam rock's ideals, with the mysterious and androgynous Slade balanced by the intense, raucous Wild. When Slade disappears, the era itself seems to melt away, swallowed up by the slick 1980s. But Slade's story, and the story of Glam rock, is retold when journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is assigned to discover what really happened to Slade. Through his own memories of this time, Arthur faces his childhood fears and fantasies. With a nod to Oscar Wilde, a CITIZEN KANE-like structure, and an overall sumptuous atmosphere, VELVET GOLDMINE is director Todd Haynes's unique look at homosexuality, indulgence, and, most importantly, rock & roll.

DIRECTOR: Todd Haynes
Screenwriter: Todd Haynes
Principal Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Myers, Christian Bale, Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard
Filmography: I'm Not There (2007)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Safe (1995)
Poison (1991)
Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story(1987)
US Distributor: Miramax Films

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