The Velvet Underground (film)

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The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTodd Haynes
Produced by
CinematographyEdward Lachman[1]
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed byApple TV+
Release dates
  • July 7, 2021 (2021-07-07) (Cannes)
  • October 15, 2021 (2021-10-15) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Velvet Underground is a 2021 American documentary film directed and produced by Todd Haynes that chronicles the life and times of the rock band the Velvet Underground.[3]

It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021. It was released on October 15, 2021, by Apple TV+, to critical acclaim.

Synopsis[edit]

The Velvet Underground was an influential band that arose from the music, art, and film avant-gardes of early-1960s New York City. Although not a commercial success at the time, it had a significant impact on underground, experimental, and alternative music and the development of punk and new wave music.[4][5] Its core members were Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale, Doug Yule and Maureen Tucker. Artist Andy Warhol managed and promoted the band—convincing them to add German singer and model Nico to their line-up. Haynes's film examines the cultural milieu of the band and its musical and cinematic influences. It tracks the band's history from formation to the break-up of its original line-up in the early 1970s. Interviews with surviving band members Cale and Tucker and musicians the band influenced are woven with archival music and film material.

Production[edit]

In August 2017, Todd Haynes was hired to direct and produce a documentary film about the Velvet Underground.[6] Haynes received co-operation of the surviving members of the band including founding members John Cale[7][8] and Maureen Tucker. Interviews for the film were shot in 2018.[9] Doug Yule, who replaced Cale in the band in 1968, appears in voiceover but was not filmed.[10][11]

Release[edit]

In October 2020, Apple TV+ acquired distribution rights to the film.[12] It had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on July 7, 2021.[13] It was released theatrically and on Apple TV+ on October 15, 2021.[14]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 98% based on 127 reviews, with an average rating of 8.10/10. The critical consensus states: "The Velvet Underground takes a fittingly idiosyncratic approach to delivering a rock documentary that captures the band as well as its era."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted score of 87 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[16]

Some critics felt the documentary glossed over the band's 1969 self-titled album and contributions by Yule.[17][18][19]

Accolades[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
ACE Eddie Awards March 5, 2022 Best Edited Documentary (Feature) Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz Nominated [20]
Austin Film Critics Association Awards January 11, 2022 Best Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [21]
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards December 12, 2021 Best Editing Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz Won [22]
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards December 15, 2021 Best Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [23]
Cinema Audio Society Awards March 19, 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Motion Picture – Documentary Juliana Henao Mesa and Leslie Shatz Nominated [24]
Cinema Eye Honors March 1, 2022 Outstanding Non-Fiction Feature Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, and Carolyn Hepburn Nominated [25][26]
Audience Choice Prize Todd Haynes Nominated
Outstanding Editing Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz Nominated
Outstanding Sound Design Leslie Shatz and Jahn Sood Won
Critics' Choice Documentary Awards November 14, 2021 Best First Documentary Feature Todd Haynes Nominated [27]
Best Editing Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz Nominated
Best Archival Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated
Best Music Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated
Dorian Awards March 17, 2022 Best Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [28]
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 17, 2021 Best Music Supervision – Film Randall Poster Nominated [29]
IDA Documentary Awards March 4, 2022 Best Music Documentary Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, and David Blackman Nominated [30][31]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards February 6, 2022 Documentary of the Year The Velvet Underground Nominated [32]
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards March 13, 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Documentary Leslie Shatz and Jahn Sood Nominated [33]
National Society of Film Critics Awards January 8, 2022 Best Non-Fiction Film The Velvet Underground Runner-up [34]
Online Film Critics Society Awards January 24, 2022 Best Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [35][36]
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards January 10, 2022 Best Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [37]
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle Awards January 10, 2022 Best Documentary Feature The Velvet Underground Won [38]
Satellite Awards April 2, 2022 Best Motion Picture, Documentary The Velvet Underground Nominated [39]
St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards December 19, 2021 Best Documentary Film The Velvet Underground Nominated [40]
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards January 16, 2022 Allan King Documentary Award The Velvet Underground Runner-up [41]

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