Monday, November 25, 2019
Ela Troyano presents VELVET GOLDMINE (Todd Haynes, 1998)
Arthur Stuart is a British journalist writing an article about Brian Slade, a 1970s rock star who disappears from the spotlight after faking his own murder. As Stuart interviews people in Slade’s past, the unfolding series of flashbacks reveals what really happened to the famed glam star. For interdisciplinary filmmaker Ela Troyano, VELVET GOLDMINE “queers pop music culture of the ‘70s and ‘80s—from its fairytale Oscar Wilde origin story to the raw musical performances by Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, inspired by the legendary sexual antics of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed.”
Ela Troyano on VELVET GOLDMINE:
I’m a fan of Todd Haynes and David Bowie. And VELVET GOLDMINE is Todd Haynes’ Valentine to David Bowie and glam rock, though Bowie refused to allow the use of his music. Ambitious with a Citizen Kane narrative structure, VELVET GOLDMINE queers pop music culture of the ‘70s and ‘80s, from its fairytale Oscar Wilde origin story to the raw music performances by Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers inspired by the legendary sexual antics of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed.
Screening as part of the Fall 2019 season of Queer|Art|Film.
- Year 1998
- Running Time 118 minutes
- Distributor Park Circus
- Director Todd Haynes
- Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
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