Each time I watch The Man Who Fell to Earth, I wonder anew. I have no thesis here, so these thoughts just roughly follow the chronology of the movie. Bowie’s character does not smoke cigarettes during the movie. Buck Henry’s Oliver Farnsworth does in the first scene in which he appears and at least once […]Read More Some Random Thoughts on The Man Who Fell to Earth, Part 1
“He looks like a comet, his flame-like hair slicked back on entry into earth’s atmosphere.” Philip Hoare, on the fall to earth of alien Thomas Jerome Newton, aka David Bowie. RisingTideFallingStar (130) After a brief meditation on the fall of Icarus (this book is about risings and fallings and risings of tides and stars, and […]Read More Philip Hoare’s RisingTideFallingStar: David Bowie, Cosmos-politan, 1
“This way or no way/ You know, I’ll be free” Two Lazaruses: a song and a play; a beggar who stays dead, and a youth who walks out of his grave and into legend. If Bowie’s last works were a parting message to his fans, why were there two of the same name but so […]Read More Liminal Lazaruses 3: Do You Want to Be Free?
“Love the alien as you love yourself; for you were once aliens in the Land of Egypt… “(Leviticus 19:34) “Thinking of a different time Palestine a modern problem Bounty and your wealth in land Terror in a best laid plan. . . ” (Bowie, “Loving the Alien”) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled […]Read More Liminal Lazaruses 2: Loving the Alien
Bowie’s Lazaruses (Blackstar’s and the musical’s), Anna Kavan’s, the beggar Lazarus, Lazarus of Bethany: I’ve been thinking about Lazaruses a lot lately. “I’m a dying man who can’t die”– David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus: A The Musical We know Thomas James Newton can die; he is mortal. That, after all, is why he is on […]Read More The Liminality of Lazaruses, part 1
Updated: Since I wrote this, I got hold of the Criterion DVD with the extras, including interviews with Production Designer Brian Eatwell and Costume Designer Mary Routh. Additions in green. Trying without success to figure out how astronaut Capt. Jim Lovell landed in The Man Who Fell to Earth (Hallo Spaceboys), I came across a […]Read More The Man Who Fell to Earth in White Sands [Updated]