Velvet Goldmine Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ewan McGregor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Christian Bale

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This is a story about Brian Slade, a glam rock singer in the late sixties and early seventies. It charts his rise to super stardom and his eventual decline. In the beginning, Brian Slade is married to a woman named Mandy. They are happy having a very open relationship and engaging in orgies. During this time Brian also has a lover named Curt Wild who is also a rock star. Brian and Curt inspire many people to be more open about homosexuality. Sadly, they eventually have a falling out and Brian has a breakdown and begins to believe that he is Maxwell Demon. However, Maxwell Demon is a fictional alien that Brian himself created. All of these events bring about Brian's decline and eventually Brain decides to pretend to be assassinated while on stage. Ten years later the world is changed and Arthur Stewart a journalist must find out where Mr. Slade is now in order to learn why he faked his death.
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Arthur Stuart (Bale) is a journalist assigned to cover the 10th anniversary of a publicity stunt gone wrong committed by glam-rocker Brian Slade (Rhys-Meyers). Slade had been a glitteringly outrageous bisexual icon for many young people, including Stuart. He is reluctant to relive those days as Stuart was going through a painful exploration himself, including questioning his own sexuality as a young man. Through flashbacks, we see the Bowie-like rise and trajectory of Slade, including his introduction to the eccentric American rocker Curt Wild (McGregor), a sort of Iggy Pop-Kurt Cobain amalgam.

Lots of music from the era -- Roxy Music, T-Rex, Gary Glitter, etc. --including new music created to sound as if from that era. Toni Collette and Eddie Izzard have supporting roles as Slade's wife and manager.

The bit of fantasy involves a thread of plot surrounding what appears to be a magical brooch once owned by Oscar Wilde that appears throughout the film.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson

The sexual and personal exploits of a bisexual rock star of the nineteen seventies. The result of which is the main charector faking his death. ten years later, a journalist tries to find out what has happened to the star.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jasmine Burns

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   musician

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   orgies    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt    -   seeing full frontal--men    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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