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Velvet Goldmine Quotes

Velvet Goldmine is a TV program that was first aired in 1970 . Velvet Goldmine completed its run in 1970.

It features Carter Burwell in charge of musical score, and Maryse Alberti as head of cinematography.

Velvet Goldmine is recorded in English, and French and originally aired in United Kingdom, and United States. Each episode of Velvet Goldmine is 123 minutes long. Velvet Goldmine is distributed by Film4 Productions.

The cast includes: Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Brian Slade, Toni Collette as Mandy, Ewan McGregor as Curt Wild, Christian Bale as Arthur Stuart, Toni Collette as Mandy Slade, Michael Feast as Cecil, Eddie Izzard as Jerry Divine, Eddie Izzard as Ray, Christian Bale as Arthur, and Christian Bale as Mary.

Velvet Goldmine Quotes

Toni Collette as Mandy Slade

  • (Toni Collette) "I was beaming, truly, like someone's mum."
  • (Toni Collette) "And in crowded clubs or hotel bars, this shipwreck of the streets rehearsed his future glory. A cigarette tracing a ladder to the stars."
  • (Toni Collette) "I needn't mention how essential dreaming is to the character of the rock star."
  • (Toni Collette) "Now, just because someone sees, you know, two naked people asleep in bed together, it doesn't necessarily prove sex was involved. It does, however, make for a very strong case."
  • (Toni Collette) "It's funny how beautiful people look when they're walking out the door."
  • (Toni Collette) "What's true about music is true about life: that beauty reveals everything because it expresses nothing."
  • (Toni Collette) "I just, uh -- don't think I have what you're looking for."
  • (Christian Bale) "See, I think you do, actually."
  • (Toni Collette) "Oh, yeah? And what makes you think so?"
  • (Christian Bale) "Well, that smile for one thing."
  • (Toni Collette) "Well, smiles lie."
  • (Christian Bale) "Exactly."
  • (Toni Collette) "For the first time in Brian's life, he was simply telling it like it was. Did he realize what he'd actually done? How could he have? I mean, today there'd be fighting in the streets, but in 1972, it was more like dancing."
  • (Toni Collette) "You live in terror of not being misunderstood."

Eddie Izzard as Jerry Divine

  • (Eddie Izzard) "That man sittin' over there in the white suit -- is the biggest thing to come out of this country since sliced Beatles."
  • (Eddie Izzard) "Every great century that produces art is, so far, an artificial century, and the work that seems the most natural and simple of its time is always the result of the most self-conscious effort."
  • (Malcolm) "I don't believe that there is much of a future to speak of."
  • (Pearl) "We're in a bit of a decadent spiral, aren't we?"
  • (Billy) "Sinking fast."
  • (Eddie Izzard) "Big Brother, baby, all the way."
  • (Malcolm) "Which is why we prefer impressions to ideas."
  • (Billy) "Situations to subjects."
  • (Pearl) "Brief flights to sustained ones."
  • (Eddie Izzard) "Exceptions to types."
  • (Pearl) "And yourself?"
  • (Christian Bale) "What? I'm -- I'm just lookin' for a room at the moment."

Ewan McGregor as Curt Wild

  • (Ewan McGregor) "Listen, a real artist creates beautiful things and puts nothing of his own life into them, OK?"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I will mangle your mind."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Excuse me, fellas, while I raise a glass to the loveliest man in Europe."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "And they tell you it's not natural."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "We set out to change the world -- ended up just changing ourselves."
  • (Christian Bale) "What's wrong with that?"
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Nothing, if you don't look at the world."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "I dunno -- I dunno. It got too big I guess, too -- got too -- schizold, you know? I mean, he thought he f***in' WAS Maxwell Demon in the end, you know? And Maxwell Demon, he thought he was God."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Make a wish, and see yourself on stage, inside out, a tangle of garlands in your hair. Course, you are pleasantly surprised."

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Brian Slade

  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) ""I knew I should create a sensation," gasped the Rocket, and he went out."
  • (Unnamed) "Uh, Brian. Why the make-up?"
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "Why? Because rock and roll's a prostitute. It should be tarted up. Performed. The music is the mask, while I, in my chiffon and taff; well; varda the message."
  • (Mod Girlfriend) "So what are ya, mod or a rocker?"
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "I'm six of one, half a dozen of the other, really."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "I just wanted to say -- I think your music is tops, really, smashing, the best of the lot."
  • (Ewan McGregor) "Smashing, top hole, jolly f --"
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "Woman defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders."
  • (Toni Collette) "I lost my girlhood, true, but it was for you."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "They despised him."
  • (Toni Collette) "Yeah. But when you're abused like that, you know you've touched the stars."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "I know. I just -- just wish it'd been me. Wish I'd thought of it."
  • (Toni Collette) "You will, love."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "I should think that if people were to get the wrong impression of me, the one to which you so eloquently referred, it wouldn't be the wrong impression in the slightest."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person -- Give him a mask and he'll tell you the truth."
  • (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) "There's suffering at the birth of a child as at the birth of a star."

Michael Feast as Cecil

  • (Michael Feast) "Style always wins out in the end."

Christian Bale as Mary

  • (Christian Bale) "I'm not really myself except in the midst of elegant crowds, at the heart of rich districts, or amid the sumptuous ornamentation of palace hotels, an army of servants, and plush carpet underfoot."

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