THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

2021 (USA) 121 minutes

Directed by: Todd Haynes

The Velvet Underground mirrors its members’ experimentation and formal innovation. Combining contemporary interviews and archival documentation with newscasts, advertisements, and a trove of avant-garde film from the era, Todd Haynes constructs a vibrant cinematic collage that is as much about New York of the ‘60s and ‘70s as it is about the rise and fall of the group that has been called as influential as the Beatles. Filmed with the cooperation of surviving band members, this multifaceted portrait folds in an array of participants in the creative scene’s cultures and subcultures. Tracing influences and affinities both personal and artistic, Haynes unearths rich detail about Andy Warhol, The Factory, Nico, and others, adding vivid context and texture that never diminish the ultimate enigma of the band’s power.

Opening Night Film – 2021 Chicago International Film Festival
Nominated – Golden Eye – 2021 Cannes Film Festival 
Nominated – Audience Award – 2021 San Sebastian International Film Festival

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