"It doesn't really matter what a man does with his life. What really matters is the legend that grows up around him" Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine "Rock and roll's a prostitute. It should be tarted up, performed. The music is the mask, while I in my chiffon and taffeta... Well, varda the message."
Director of Velvet Goldmine Todd Haynes <ul><li>Born on 2 January 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Films by Todd Haynes: Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud (1985) Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987) Poison (1991) Dottie Gets Spanked (1993) Safe (1995) Velvet Goldmine (1998) Far from Heaven (2002) </li></ul>
Nominations and Awards Won by Todd Haynes <ul><li>Awards Todd Haynes was nominated for: 1991: Best Director for Poison (Independent Spirit Award) Best First Feature for Poison (Independent Spirit Award) 1995: </li></ul><ul><li>Best Screenplay for Safe (Independent Spirit Award) Best Director for Safe (Independent Spirit Award) 1998: Best Director for Velvet Goldmine (Independent Spirit Award) 2002: Best Original Screenplay for Far From Heaven (Academy) Best Original Screenplay for Far from Heaven (Writers Guild of America) Best Screenplay for Far From Heaven (Golden Globe) </li></ul><ul><li>Awards Todd Haynes won: 1990: Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic for Poison (Sundance Film Festival) 1995: Best Director for Safe (National Society of Film Critics) 1998: Prize for Best Artistic Contribution for Velvet Goldmine (Cannes International Film Festival) 2002: Best Director for Far From Heaven (Chicago Film Critics Association) Best Director for Far from Heaven (Toronto Film Critics Association) Best Director for Far from Heaven (Independent Spirit Award) Prize for Most Outstanding Individual Contribution for Far From Heaven (Venice International Film Festival) Best Director for Far from Heaven (New York Film Critics Circle) Best Director for Far from Heaven (L.A. Film Critics Association) </li></ul>
So Todd Haynes has got some cred…but let’s look at his film of 1998: Velvet Goldmine "Rock music has always been a reaction against accepted standards. And homosexuality has been going on for centuries. At the moment having a 'gay' image is the 'in' thing, just like a few years ago it was trendy to wear a long gray coat with a Led Zeppelin record under your arm."
A Quick Overview <ul><li>Velvet Goldmine was released on November 6 th of 1998, under the genre of Drama and Music. Rated R for its many displays of homosexual acts and rock n’ roll lifestyle, the movie runs for an approximate time of 2 hours and 4 mins. It was filmed in London and Manchester, England where we first see our main character, Brian Slade, originate from. </li></ul><ul><li>The title "Velvet Goldmine" was taken form a bonus song from the album "The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1972) by David Bowie. It was originally going to be titled "Glitter Kids". Todd Haynes wanted to use David Bowie songs and make a sort of biography but Bowie refused to give permission as he planned to make a movie himself about the Ziggy Stardust era. </li></ul><ul><li>The name "Maxwell Demon", Brian Slade's space-age rock persona was originally the name of a band Brian Eno was in during the 60s and the name of the band "The Venus In Furs" was inspired by a Lou Reed song. </li></ul><ul><li>The structure of the film is the same as "Citizen Kane" (1941) by Orson Welles. Some of the songs in the movie were actually performed by the actors Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning of the movie, a young Oscar Wilde claims that he wants to be a pop idol. This was originally said by David Bowie. When Mandy first meets Brian, he says to her "Do you jive?". This is supposed to be the first thing David Bowie said to Angela Bowie, his wife during the 70s. The scene where Curt and Brian are found sleeping together is based in what Angela Bowie said about his husband and Mick Jagger being found by her in bed. Todd Haynes wanted Jarvis Cocker from Pulp to play Jack Fairy's character. Many of the phrases used in the movie were taken from Oscar Wilde works. Mainly from "The Picture of Dorian Gray". </li></ul>
CAST <ul><li>Jonathan Rhys- Meyers plays Brian Slade </li></ul><ul><li>"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person! Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth!" </li></ul><ul><li>"Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner." </li></ul><ul><li>"Quite soon actually we plan to take over the world." </li></ul><ul><li>Ewan McGregor plays Curt Wild </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everyone's into this scene because it's supposedly the thing to do right now. But you just can't fake being gay. You know, if you're gonna... claim that you're gay you're gonna have to... make love in gay style, and... half of these kids... just aren't gonna make it. That line, 'Everybody's bisexual', that's a very popular thing to say right now. Personally, I think it's meaningless." </li></ul><ul><li>"A real artist creates beautiful things and puts nothing of his own life into them." </li></ul>
CAST <ul><li>Christian Bale plays Arthur Stuart </li></ul><ul><li>"Ten years. Ten years and the world had changed so completely that the life I led in England seemed like someone else's life. Someone else's story. Anyone's but mine." </li></ul><ul><li>Toni Collette plays Mandy Slade </li></ul><ul><li>What's true about music is true about life. That beauty reveals everything because it expresses nothing." </li></ul><ul><li>"It's funny how beautiful people look when they're walking out the door." </li></ul><ul><li>Smiles lie." </li></ul><ul><li>"You live in terror of not being misunderstood." </li></ul>
CAST <ul><li>Michael Feast as Cecil "Brian Slade was like nothing I'd ever seen before. And in the end...like nothing he appeared." "Style always wins out in the end." </li></ul><ul><li>Eddie Izzard as Jerry Devine "It doesn't really matter what a man does with his life. What really mater is the legend that grows up around him." "The Secret of becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one." </li></ul><ul><li>Micko Westmoreland as Jack Fairy </li></ul><ul><li>Emily Woof as Shannon </li></ul>
"The first duty in life is to assume a pose. What the second duty is no one has yet found out." SOUNDTRACK "Today, there'd be fighting in the streets. But in 1972...it was more like dancing”
Soundtrack <ul><li>"Once upon a time, not so long ago, the children of the revolution looked up into the sky. And there, hovering amid a boulevard of stars, was a vision of the future as strange and dazzling as any dream. What they saw that night no one can ever say. But what they heard can still be heard today. So close your eyes...Take a little trip... And boogaloo a rhapsody divine..." Todd Haynes </li></ul><ul><li>The Songs: </li></ul><ul><li>01. Needle In The Camel's Eye - Brian Eno 02. Hot One - Shudder To Think 03. 20th Century Boy - Placebo 04. 2HB - The Venus In Furs 05. T.V. Eye - Wylde Ratttz 06. Ballad Of Maxwell Demon - Shudder To Think 07. The Whole Shebang - Grant Lee Buffalo 08. Ladytron - The Venus In Furs 09. We Are The Boys - Pulp 10. Virginia Plain - Roxy Music 11. Personality Crisis - Teenage Fanclub/Donna Matthews 12. Satellite Of Love - Lou Reed 13. Diamond Meadows - T-Rex 14. Bitter's End - Paul Kimble/Andy MacKay 15. Baby's On Fire - The Venus In Furs 16. Bitter-Sweet - The Venus In Furs 17. Velvet Spacetime - Carter Burwell 18. Tumbling Down - The Venus In Furs 19. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) - Steve Harley </li></ul>
Hey kids, let’s put on a show! Awards won for Velvet Goldmine <ul><li>Awards Velvet Goldmine won: 1998: Best Artistic Contribution (Todd Haynes) Cannes Film Festival Channel 4 Director's Award (Todd Haynes) Edinburgh International Film Festival 1999: BAFTA Film Award Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell) Independent Spirit Award Best Cinematography (Maryse Alberti) </li></ul><ul><li>Highly Remembered Quotes: </li></ul><ul><li>"Time, places, people... They're all speeding up. So to cope with this evolutionary paranoia, strange people are chosen, who through their art can move progress more quickly?" [Mandy to Brian] "Every great century that produces art is, so far, an artificial century, and the work that seems the most natural and simple of its time is always the result of the most self-conscious effort." [Jerry Devine] "We set out to change the world... ended up just changing ourselves." (What's wrong with that?" -Arthur) "Nothing. If you don't look at the world." [Curt to Arthur] </li></ul>
"I want to be a pop idol." "Meaning is not in things but in between them."
In the early 1970’s, performers and musicians began to wear outrageously flamboyant costumes, make-up and hairstyles coupled with an extensive use of theatrics. This movement towards sexual ambiguity and androgyny was known to history as Glam Rock and would be the main focus of the film.
<ul><li>Color, fashion and style are all important components of glam rock as the primary goal is to stand out among the rest of society. This is clearly visible when Brian Slade first performs onstage, as he is met with negative reactions to his music due to his relatively bland appearance. Kurt Wild on the other hand, grows popular with his crazy antics. </li></ul>
Relationships <ul><li>The most prominent relationship in the film is the one between Brian Slade and Kurt Wild. The two superstars shared a dream by joining forces, they were going to change the world. However, the only thing that they really managed to change was each other. Their egos caused a rift between them and they suffered for it as they drifted apart and they both ended up empty and unhappy. </li></ul>Relationships
The Music <ul><li>Music plays a large role in the movie considering the fact that nearly all of the main characters are musicians. The entire flashback part of the film also plays off as just one painfully long music video. </li></ul><ul><li>The soundtrack for the film includes many songs by glam rock bands, both originals and covers, though for some reason David Bowie’s songs are absent. This was probably done to conceal the obvious similarities that he shares with Brian Slade. </li></ul>The Music
<ul><li>Fame and fortune are not acquired easily and in order to gain them you must also be willing to give something up in return. Brian Slade let go of his humanity for those privileges. Not only did his other persona, Maxwell Demon completely take over his mind, he also allowed it control everything else, destroying his relationships with Mandy and Kurt among others. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people would go to any lengths just to be recognized, as evidenced by Mandy Slade’s clearly fake British accent and constant trend-shifting along with Arthur Stuart’s sneaking out of the house just so he could be seen in his glamorous clothing. There was also the case of Jack Fairy wearing loads of cheap jewelry to enhance his mystique. </li></ul>The cost of being famous
<ul><li>Though all of the flashback sequences featured vibrant, lively and colorful displays, present day England is dreary and gothic. Arthur Stuart is corporate and clean-shaven while Mandy Slade has reverted back to her natural American accent. Kurt Wild is also encountered in a random pub, blending in with the crowd, no longer the spectacle that he once was. This portrays life as real and that changes are inevitable requiring everyone to adapt and move forward in order to survive. </li></ul>The end of an era.. or is it?
Inheriting the Glam <ul><li>The emerald brooch/pendant encountered in the film can be interpreted as a symbol for historical inheritance. </li></ul><ul><li>Given to him by an alien ship in the intro sequence, the first to be in possession of it was Oscar Wilde, who in real life is a pioneer of sorts with regards to the idea of bisexuality and flamboyant fashion. </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the movie, several important characters get a hold of this artifact and then eventually they pass it down to their successor who continues to promote and inspire others towards the ideals of glam rock. This implies that somehow, Arthur Stuart will be the evolution of their collective work. </li></ul>Inheriting the dream
<ul><li>Overall the film provides us with a different point of view as it takes us back to a past that we never knew or experienced. The blurring of the gender roles and the larger than life depictions of the superstars, to the effect of showing them as supernatural/extraterrestrial beings, gave us a brief idea of what being a rockstar who is living the life truly feels like. Though of course, it also shows us that the lifestyle is not permanent and the trend cannot survive forever. </li></ul>Reflection
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