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Velvet Underground is a 2021 documentary film directed and produced by Todd Haynes

You're gonna love this one DL ..........Now in Art House Cinemas and streaming on Apple +

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by Anonymousreply 28October 23, 2021 4:58 PM

I can't wait to see this!

by Anonymousreply 1October 18, 2021 2:39 AM

Fucking light weight and so clean.

by Anonymousreply 2October 18, 2021 2:47 AM

Me too. Lou Reed was an an obsession for me. Walk on the Wild Side. I was with the Cockettes and thought he was the next big thing.

by Anonymousreply 3October 18, 2021 2:48 AM

It was interesting how they just sort of established Lou was a junkie and was gay. And I don't think he ever talked about being either in his lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 4October 21, 2021 9:46 PM

Are you kidding, R4? Of course he did.

by Anonymousreply 5October 21, 2021 9:54 PM

Not as much as he did about not being gay, r5.

by Anonymousreply 6October 21, 2021 9:59 PM

It was a horrible mess. I couldn’t get past the first 30 minutes

by Anonymousreply 7October 21, 2021 10:01 PM

He never hid either his drug use or his sexuality. In fact, he said his parents were talked into getting him shock treatment to curb his gay feelings when he was young.

by Anonymousreply 8October 21, 2021 10:29 PM

Saw it in a theater the other day and I’m really glad I did; Haynes’ use of montage and split-screen alongside the incredible music really envelops you.

by Anonymousreply 9October 21, 2021 10:36 PM

This home-made documentary about Maureen "Mo" Tucker's drumming is the best thing I've seen for a while. It's also a really illuminating look at the band's career. A revelation.

So, why did Reed kick out Cale? Was it all about wanting to be more commercial (that appears to have been a factor) or was it out of spite at Cale getting involved with Nico? Both of them ultimately rejected him sexually, though Nico had a brief affair with Reed early on (which inspired Reed to write those beautiful songs for her to sing on the first album).

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by Anonymousreply 10October 21, 2021 11:07 PM

Does anyone else like Nico?

I absolutely love Nico and her first album is almost another Velvet Underground album as a lot of the band wrote and played on it.

But I love her voice even though some people hate it.

by Anonymousreply 11October 21, 2021 11:27 PM

I remember Lou re-closeting himself in the 80s (like Bowie did) and marrying a woman. Granted, Laurie Anderson isn't the most feminine woman on Earth, but he wasn't publicly with a man.

by Anonymousreply 12October 21, 2021 11:31 PM

He didn't want to be with a man, R12. He wanted to be with Laurie Anderson. She was hardly his beard.

by Anonymousreply 13October 21, 2021 11:43 PM

If you think Lou didn't make a calculation in his head about how he would be perceived by being publicly gay, you're a fool. Anyone who wears a wig that long cares about how he is seen.

by Anonymousreply 14October 21, 2021 11:52 PM

R14, Lou Reed was hardly a study of the closeted gay rock star. But it sure seems to chap your ass, Mary. Do you go after Bowie, too, for marrying Iman?

by Anonymousreply 15October 22, 2021 12:06 AM

Unlikely, OP. I hated Lou Reed, hated Nico, hated Andy Warhol, hate hate hate hate hate that whole pretentious miserabilist “art” scene.

by Anonymousreply 16October 22, 2021 12:14 AM

Who care how you feel, R16? Anyone who hates Velvet Underground is an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 17October 22, 2021 12:17 AM

Every time I see Christine Vachon's name attached to a project I know it's going to be at least interesting, possibly brilliant.

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by Anonymousreply 18October 22, 2021 12:22 AM

R9 it was awful

by Anonymousreply 19October 22, 2021 12:28 AM

I really liked it. But I like The Velvet Underground.

by Anonymousreply 20October 22, 2021 12:40 AM

The documentary was pap.

by Anonymousreply 21October 22, 2021 2:02 AM

I thought it was good but a little too messy in style and not messy enough in gossip.

I went into it interested in Lou Reed and came out thinking John Cale was the much more interesting person.

by Anonymousreply 22October 23, 2021 3:52 PM

I know. Andy's diary is a torrent of gossip about these people and there was zilch. Frankly not a lot about their songs either.

by Anonymousreply 23October 23, 2021 3:54 PM

Good, not great. A for effort for attempting to make a documentary as visually engaging and dynamic as his feature films, and for centering Reed's queerness as part of his identity as an artist.

However Reed defined his own sexuality, he was queer and it shaped his songwriting as much as his drug use and his work as a poet.

by Anonymousreply 24October 23, 2021 3:59 PM

Lou Reed was into chicks with dicks

by Anonymousreply 25October 23, 2021 4:12 PM

R11 Not the racist, antisemitic, an awful person part. But I love her voice.

by Anonymousreply 26October 23, 2021 4:14 PM

[quote]he was queer

Could you not?

by Anonymousreply 27October 23, 2021 4:43 PM

I watched the Mo Tucker documentary r10 linked to last night and really enjoyed it, especially the technical demonstrations of her drumming styles.

by Anonymousreply 28October 23, 2021 4:58 PM
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