A young Christian Bale stars as a cross dressing journalist that is obsessed with glam rockers. His obsession hits an all time low when his father walks in on him masturbating to the images and music of his favorite “glam rock” star. It is said that Bale’s character is modeled after the journalist featured in Orson Welle’s Citizen Kane. Of course, Christian Bale’s character isn’t “in the dark” as much as the journalist from Citizen Kane.
Velvet Goldmine features an exciting and rockin’ soundtrack guaranteed to entertain anyone that remotely likes music. Velvet Goldmine is essentially a musical that works. The story perfectly compliments the music thus resulting in a solidly constructed film. Most musicals seem to have a similar format to pornography. Velvet Goldmine could be considered soft pornography.
Velvet Goldmine is a perfect film to watch back to back with Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Both of these sexually depraved musicals follow in line a long tradition of perverted musicals. Todd Haynes was the right man for the job for directing Velvet Goldmine. After watching the deranged melodrama featured in Far From Heaven, I knew Velvet Goldmine wouldn’t be short of original and entertaining.