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David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth • Returning to Earth 2021

December 13th, 2020 | by admin

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth • Returning to Earth 2021

This is an excerpt from the work in progress revised version of my 2017 documentary, David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth.

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth, is a film about a film – Nic Roeg’s 1976 esoteric science fiction movie – The Man Who Fell to Earth. Roeg’s film has beguiled and baffled audiences since its release. The film explores, often in abstraction and allegory, the themes of alienation, power, love, trust and betrayal.

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth is an attempt to partly explain the movie. And it is a look at the way the film came together, and at Roeg’s working methods, and at the creative process itself.

It is quite widely known that Bowie and his music were greatly influenced by Roeg and the time he spent working on the film. And so David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth also tries to paint a small portrait of Bowie and his music during the era – from the latter part of 1974 up to the January 1977 album, Low. Bowie also created music that was intended for the soundtrack to The Man Who Fell to Earth. Famously, it was never used and remains almost unheard to this day. However, parts of the unused music were later incorporated into subsequent albums. And so, as part of the story telling in David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth, some of Bowie’s music from those albums is used with re-edits of scenes from the movie, worked in with the interviews and commentary.

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth was seen by both original director Nic Roeg himself and by the movie’s co-star Candy Clark. Both of whom approved of it:

‘What a great documentary – so interesting.’ Nic Roeg
‘Spectacular footage and commentary about the making of The Man Who Fell To Earth. Made me cry seeing David and listening to his pride about his work. Learned a lot that I didn’t know.’ Candy Clark

David Bowie is The Man Who Fell To Earth was online for a couple of years. It received a lot of views and positive reactions. Unfortunately it was abruptly taken down, when Vimeo deplatformed me without warning or explanation; erasing all but one of the 80 or so videos I had on their platform.

Rather than simply put the original film up on an alternate platform, I decided to make some improvements to it first. I’m hoping that work will be completed in the next few months.

Thanks for watching, hope you dig it!

Credits

Music by David Bowie:

Golden Years • From the album Station to Station • 1976 • Track breakdown by Nacho
Art Decade • From the album Low • 1977

Video Source:

The Man Who Fell to Earth • Directed by Nic Roeg • 1976
David Bowie on Soul Train • 1975 • Don Cornelius Productions • 1975
David Bowie • The Russel Harty Show • 1975
The Man Who Fell to Earth White Sands shoot • Crew shot Super 8 • 1975

Photo source:

David Bowie & Paul Buckmaster Cherokee Studios 1975 • Brad Elterman

Audio Source:

Nic Roeg & David Bowie • The Man Who Fell to Earth • Laser Disc commentary • 1992

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