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3,278 Ratings

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Directed by Nicolas Roeg
United Kingdom, 1976


An alien lands on Earth to source out water for his dying planet. He starts a highly advanced and profitable tech company in order to build a spacecraft to transport the water. His plans are threatened when the government intercepts. Featuring rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Bowie is so extraordinary-looking, with his translucent different-colored eyes and his lean ivory-skinned body, that Roeg revels, visually, in his disorienting presence: the reality of it, its strangeness and beauty.
January 02, 2019
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The indelible image of Bowie watching a half-dozen televisions at once in a gin-addled stupor signifies beautifully in terms of Newton’s personal and cultural alienation—his attempt to understand his adopted environment through mass media—but it’s also a witty, suggestive emblem of Roeg’s kaleidoscopic M.O., except that here the character (and the audience’s) concentration is being dispersed instead of directed.
July 27, 2018
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It’s exceptionally allusive, replete with references to painting, literature, and cinema. Like its source material, the film invokes the myth of Icarus in ways subtle and overt—from its very title to a prominently displayed coffee-table book that pairs W.H. Auden’s poem “Museé des Beaux Art” and Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus.
January 25, 2017
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