Bachelor in Art and Semiotics with honors, Brown University, 1985.
Velvet Goldmine was a serious disappointment after Poison and Safe—the latter one of the most arresting, original, and accomplished films of the nineties, in which abstraction and a very strange human situation were perfectly embodied in Julianne Moore’s immense but tenuous presence.
At that point, the semiotics student from Brown had a fair claim as the most talented independent filmmaker in America—for consider the documentary-with-dolly reflection on Karen Carpenter; the tripartite study of warping in Poison; and the strange sci-fi hypothesis in Safe. Velvet Goldmine, on the other hand, was a clumsy gesture towards the mainstream—a mixture of glam- rock iconography with Citizen Kiine, so much less than one had hoped for. Still, only a real mind could have produced Velvet Goldmine, and there are few careers that deserve more anticipation.
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