Velvet Goldmine Review
by Susan Granger (Ssg722 AT aol DOT com)
November 8th, 1998
Susan Granger's review of "VELVET GOLDMINE" (Miramax Films)
Set in the sex-and-drug London music scene of the '70s, this surreal, sensual musical romance divided critics at the Cannes Film Festival but won film-maker Todd Haynes a special prize from the jury for best artistic contribution. The sheer glitter and glitz of its energetic soundtrack may lure hip movie-goers, along with its MTV rock-video approach to film-making. Presented in an ambitious pseudo-documentary style, lifted from Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane," it's the story of a fictional glam rocker, Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who, in a publicity stunt in 1974 while at the height of his popularity, faked an assassination attempt on his life. When the hoax was revealed, his career evaporated as his disillusioned fans abandoned him. Ten years later, a British journalist and former fan (Christian Bale) goes searching for Slade and interviews his former lover, a flamboyant star (charismatic Ewan McGregor), and former wife (Toni Collette). Problem is: Orson Welles' classic 1941 mystery revolving...