David Bowie wouldn’t give Todd Haynes permission to use any of his Ziggy Stardust-era songs, planning to keep them for a stage-screen project of his own—which never came to pass. So Haynes turned to Bryan Ferry, and the soundtrack for Haynes fabulous glitter rock epic VELVET GOLDMINE was born. (Songs by Roxy Music were covered by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood.)
The film—starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor (as stand-ins for Bowie and Iggy Pop), Toni Collette, Christian Bale, and Eddy Izzard—screens this week at Lincoln Center, as part of a free double-bill with Alex Ross Perry’s HER SMELL.
Thursday, August 29, at 6 pm.
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, New York City.
Todd Haynes, Velvet Goldmine (1998), from top: Ewan McGregor (left) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; Christian Bale (left), photograph by Peter Mountain / Zenith / Killer Films / Kobal / Shutterstock; Rhys Meyers; Haynes (left), Rhys Meyers, and Toni Collette at Cannes; McGregor; Rhys Meyers. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the performers, and the photographers.