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The Man Who Fell to Earth

“Roeg's hugely ambitious and imaginative film transforms a straightforward science fiction story (novel, Walter Tevis) into a rich kaleidoscope of contemporary America. Newton (Bowie), an alien whose understanding of the world comes from monitoring TV stations, arrives on earth, builds the largest corporate empire in the States to further his mission, but becomes increasingly frustrated by human emotions. What follows is as much a love story as sci-fi: like other films of Roeg's, this explores private and public behaviour. Newton/Bowie becomes involved in an almost pulp-like romance with Candy Clark, played out to the hits of middle America, that culminates with his 'fall' from innocence. Roeg, often using a dazzling technical skill, jettisons narrative in favour of thematic juxtapositions, working best when exploring the clichés of social and cultural ritual. Less successful is the 'explicit' sex Roeg now seems obliged to offer; but visually a treat throughout.” – Christopher Petit, Time Out

“Time has done nothing to reduce its cool, confounding strangeness. Here is a sci-fi movie dedicated to the notion that no planet, anywhere else in the galaxy, would look half as freakish as our own would to the inquiring visitor.” – Anthony Lane, New Yorker

 

The Man Who Fell to Earth

UK 1976

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Producers: Michael Deeley, Barry Spikings
Production co: British Lion Film Corporation
Screenplay: Paul Mayersberg. Based on the novel by Walter Tevis
Photography: Anthony Richmond
Editor: Graeme Clifford
Music: John Phillips, Stomu Yamashta

With: David Bowie (Thomas Jerome Newton), Rip Torn (Nathan Bryce), Candy Clark (Mary-Lou), Buck Henry (Oliver Farnsworth), Bernie Casey (Peters)

133 mins, HD (2,35:1)

R18 violence, sex scenes

Hamilton Film Society
Monday 10 March, 8.00pm

Auckland Film Society
Monday 17 March, 6.00pm

Palmerston North Film Society
Wednesday 26 March, 6.00pm

Canterbury Film Society
Monday 30 June, 6.15pm

Wellington Film Society
Monday 6 October, 6.15pm

Dunedin Film Society
Wednesday 15 October, 7.30pm