The Review/Short Read/

You Need to See... The Man Who Fell To Earth

The story of an alien on a mission to rescue his wife and child from their dying planet, David Bowie stars in this trippy, cryptic sci-fi tale.

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Feb 11, 2016

Plummeting to earth in the New Mexico desert, Bowie's itinerant starman adopts the name "Thomas Jerome Newton" and embarks on his mission to rescue his wife and child, who are dying of thirst on his barren home planet. With the aid of his advanced technology Newton becomes a man who could buy the world, establishing a powerful corporation and launching an independent space program. But as he spends more time on Earth he begins to succumb to human vices and panaceas (including sex, booze and binge TV-watching), while the corporate world he has turned on its head plots its revenge.

If you aren't sold yet, here are 3 good reasons to see The Man Who Fell to Earth:

It was David Bowie's first starring role, but thankfully just the beginning of his diverse film career

Bowie claims he never read the script, and experienced it primarily as a love story. So, just try and not fall in love with this:

It's a "Science-fiction drama, western, love story, metaphysical mystery, satire of modern America — The Man Who Fell to Earth is the most beguiling of the films that [established Roeg] as a mainstream heir to such 1960s experimentalists as Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, and Chris Marker"

-Graham Fuller

The Man Who Fell to Earth crash lands Thursday, February 18th, 8:30pm at TIFF Bell Lightbox.


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