Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
Running time: 149 mins
Release Date: October 24th 2016
There was a strange rumour going around for years that David Bowie was born and raised in South London and was in a mod band. Clearly that wasn’t true – he was an alien who lived in space and sent transmissions to Earth in the form of near-perfect records. And here’s the proof – a film in which he so perfectly embodies an alien it’s actually a shock to hear him talking with an English accent.
When he died in January this year it seemed like a genuine shock and the end of something. It produced lots of retrospectives in the form of docs and books. The wonderful Studio Canal however were already working on a scrubbed-up, digitally remastered version of The Man Who Fell To Earth. Its release is in no way a cash-in, but it does give us another chance to revisit this moment in time when Bowie was arguably at his creative peak – and personal isolation. [Read more…]