The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground ★★★★★

Haynes offers a characteristically unconventional and impressionistic portrait of this one-of-a-kind band and the surrounding New York art scene of the 1960s. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the staggering amount of overlapping archival footage from the premier musicians, filmmakers and poets of the era, which fuse together into more of a tone poem than a documentary. But that’s the point - just as with I’m Not There, Haynes knows the form of his film should reflect the spirit of its subject.

That being said, there’s still plenty of great behind-the-scenes material here. Perhaps embarrassingly, I didn’t know that more than a few of my favorite Underground songs were produced after John Cale left the band.