Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s Loft Staff Selects film was chosen by Ezra Heightchew-Howard, floor staff!
“Dazzlingly surreal and blazing with exquisite passions … Velvet Goldmine is a glittering ode to the days of Ziggy Stardust.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) takes viewers on an electrifying, glitter-dusted trip through the outrageous glam-rock era of the early 1970s in Velvet Goldmine. It’s been 10 years since glam-rock superstar and bisexual pop icon Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, as a not-so-thinly-veiled version of David Bowie) faked his own death in a mock assassination and vanished from the spotlight. Now, reporter Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) is sent to locate the living legend and uncover the truth behind his disappearance. But Arthur is flooded with memories of his own adolescence as he interviews Slade’s friends, lovers and business associates, peeling back the layer of makeup and sequins that served as the model of rebellion for scores of disaffected, middle-class ‘70s British kids and discovering a hollow center. Through the course of Stuart’s investigation, we’re treated to a wild, all-access guided tour though the drugs, debauchery and sexual freedom (not to mention the killer rock & roll) that helped define a generation. Featuring a stellar supporting cast, including Toni Collette, Eddie Izzard and Ewan McGregor as outrageous American punk singer Curt Wild (clearly based on Iggy Pop), visual fireworks, flamboyant costumes and a mesmerizing take on the fluidity of sexual identity, Velvet Goldmine is a glam-rock spectacle not soon forgotten. (Dir. by Todd Haynes, 1998, UK/USA, 118 mins., Rated R)