The Velvet Underground


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  • Starring: Mary Woronov, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman
  • Director: Todd Haynes
  • Running Time: 121 minutes
  • Certificate: 15 - strong language, drug references, sex references, nudity
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Documentary, Music
  • Country: USA

"This is Haynes' first time as a feature-length documentarian, and his approach is just as surprisingly conventional as it is predictably outré."
★★★★ Stephen Garrett, The Observer

"Haynes presents the evidence on an ever-shifting split screen, generating a kind of live artistic friction as the clips and images play out side by side."
★★★★ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph 

"This is a great documentary about people who are serious about music and serious also about art, and what it means to live as an artist."
★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock 'n' roll's most revered bands. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, "The Velvet Underground" shows just how the group became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture. The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band's creative ethos: "how to be elegant and how to be brutal."

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