DRESS UP: Velvet Goldmine

“A musical fantasia about a time when musical fantasias were possible.” — Scott Tobais, The A.V. Club

For this special screening of the ultimate heady trip to the glitter rock universe, it’s time to pancake your puss, don the shiniest of threads and strut like you mean it! Plus, DJ Jimi Hey will be here to spin tunes before the show! Filmmaker Todd Haynes (Safe, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) flexes his semiotic brawn while simultaneously giving nods to Citizen Kane, Ken Russell, George Orwell and the seductive allure of rock’s most outré era, in this most delectable of neglected nuggets from the Nineties indie boom. Tracing Kane’s flashback structure while paying homage to the stories of Bowie, Iggy and Lou Reed, Haynes takes us back and forth from the early ‘70s — when UK glam superstar Jonathan Rhys Meyers held captivating sway over impressionable suburban youth Christian Bale — into the early ‘80s, where a future version of Bale, on journalistic assignment, tracks down the true story of Meyers’ fall from grace. Amongst an impressive mosaic of ‘70s glam covers mixed in with period-like originals (performed by an all-star crew including members of Radiohead and Roxy Music), an even crazier accomplishment on display here is the meteoric, Oscar-nominated costume design of Sandy Powell, a true thread warrior.
Dir. Todd Haynes, 1998, 35mm, 124 min.

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “Velvet Goldmine”!