The Velvet Underground - A Todd Haynes documentary

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The Velvet Underground - A Todd Haynes documentary

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The Velvet Underground explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll.

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WoW !!!
that looks fantastic
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I watched this last week. It's really cool to see and hear the Velvet Underground, but I have to admit I thought it was a bit dull. I love the John Cale experimental music explanations, but once the documentary went past him leaving, it dropped off fast.

Doesn't mention Squeeze! haha
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I watched this too. For starters trying to get that band's history squeezed into 2 hours was ambitious. It should have been 3 or 4 2 hour episodes. They had a lot of dead air with slow shots of people's faces which seemed like a waste of screen time. I guess the 'arty' angle proved too much to resist for the film makers. That said there were lots of fascinating clips and interviews which made it well worth watching. But no recent interview with Doug Yule? I can't believe they didn't approach him but it seems odd he isn't prepared to talk about his time in the band. He contributed so much and I love that era!

Worth a watch but I think ultimately they missed a trick. I hope this isn't regarded as the definitive Velvets doc in years to come as there's so much more to the band than what was shown.
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Like Runcible said. For me not enough about the amazing music - but I guess we have all that already. They should have done an 8 hour documentary, like Peter Jackson did recently, of a band far less deserving of this kind of thing.

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The lack of Doug Yule is bizarre. I guess we’re so lucky living when the Matrix Tapes are available in a second: that whole set I’ll never get bored of. Hearing the quality from the ‘Quine Tapes’ to them is unbelievable.

A friend of mine, (we met at a VU/Warhol themed party my then GF (sweet Jane on the radio) organized) - who was a VU fanatic before I even heard of them, died some years ago. He used to go on about the 38 minute version of ‘Sister Ray’ and he played it once and I confess I just sat and asked for more drinks.

Now it’s my go to for the real VU experience. I wish he could have lived to have heard the matrix tapes version.

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From Shindig interview with Jason, discussing the third VU album:

I went to see the film [Todd Haynes’ documentary] and I was disappointed because that album barely featured. As soon as Warhol walked off, it was just…[clicks fingers three times in quick succession] let’s get to the end!

It has been sitting on my laptop for a couple of months now without me watching it. Tried it once but after two minutes i decided i wasn't in the humour, had a feeling there might be a bit too much art-wank and not enough music. Funny 'cos i was really looking forward to it before its release.

EDIT: Just watched it. Got to agree with previous posts; a missed opportunity that should have been 4 two hour episodes. Everything post-Warhol just skimmed over, which i found quite bizarre really. Worth a look but the whole story still needs telling.
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I agree that this did gloss over the post John Cale years rather quickly. It almost feels like part 1 of a documentary without part 2.
In a way, this suits me just fine though as I much prefer the first two albums. this is probably heresy but I've never rated the self titled album that much. Loaded is brilliant but it feels more like a Lou Reed solo album to me.

I didn't mind the arty bits either (long shots of faces), at least it was trying to do something a bit different with the rock doc format.
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I put the 1st and 3rd albums as equally great, then the 2nd one and far behind their 4th.
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