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Max_M
(kook)
06/07/04 04:10 PM
Help me pick my next Bowie film  

Labyrinth (my favourite film of all time ) is the only Bowie film I've seen and I think it's about time I try some others, so what would be a good one to get next?

I'm obviously a big fan of his music, but I still know very little about his movie 'career.' I'm open to many different genres, but maybe I'd like something that makes you think and isn't too generic... Any suggestions?



RabbitFighter
(acolyte)
06/07/04 05:08 PM
Re: Help me pick my next Bowie film new [re: Max_M]  

Others will disagree (well others except JonnyManic) but you should definetily see Fire walk with me. Ofcourse if you don't know (or don't give a shit about) Lynch and Twin Peaks it migh not be a safe choice at all. Merry christmas mr Lawrence should be a good second choice...

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dukewhite
(stealing for that one good rush)
06/07/04 06:18 PM
Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: Max_M]  

Aside from the two mentioned already, here's an overview of Bowie's main film involvement.

I think the best overall film Bowie has had a role in was Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. Bowie has a small role in it, as Pontias Pilate, but it is a stellar performance and incredible movie as a whole.

I would also highly recommend Bowie's first film role, The Man Who Fell To Earth which he carries almost singlehandedly. It's a dated, yet still brilliant, sci-fi epic, but without lots of effects and makeup and things.

The Linguini Incident is quite fun and light-hearted, and contains some very provocative Bowie moments, such as him being handcuffed to a bedframe, and propositioning two women into a threesome.

It might not be the best representation of Warhol, but Bowie definitely jumps into the character fully in Basquiat. And to see Bowie in an even more minor role, but with incredible aging makeup that we will probably never see on him as he actually gets older, check out the pseudo-New Wave horror film by Tony Scott, The Hunger.

Zoolander has Bowie in quite possibly the most fun cameo in recent film history. Avoid Mr. Rice's Secret as it is complete rubbish and a waste of time.

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RabbitFighter
(acolyte)
06/07/04 07:04 PM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: dukewhite]  

In reply to:

It's a dated, yet still brilliant, sci-fi epic, but without lots of effects and makeup and things.


Plus it has the fabled doodle scene.

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soho_beatnik
(electric tomato)
06/07/04 09:53 PM
Re: Help me pick my next Bowie film new [re: Max_M]  

TMWFTE

I bought this when I was unemployed. Food became less of an issue with this movie in the house.

Candy Clark has nice obergruppenfuhrers.

David Bowie has a nice TJ Newton.

The soundtrack is apalling.

The acting and premise are quite good.

And he looks great.



zigbot
(crash course raver)
06/08/04 00:33 AM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: dukewhite]  

And there's also Just a Gigolo. I just got that one on VHS, but havent' viewed it yet. I've heard it's bad . . . but you never know. I'm known to like a few things others hate.

zigbot

dukewhite
(stealing for that one good rush)
06/08/04 03:31 AM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: zigbot]  

Oh yes, there are quite a few I have left off, though they weren't forgotten. Absolute Beginners, Everybody Loves Sunshine, and Il Mio West are yet another few, none of which I have seen.

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martyn
(crash course raver)
06/08/04 03:43 AM
Re: Help me pick my next Bowie film new [re: Max_M]  

Whatever you do - do not bother with Just a Gigolo - god what a pile of crap that was.




SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
06/08/04 04:36 AM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: dukewhite]  

In reply to:

Avoid Mr. Rice's Secret as it is complete rubbish and a waste of time.


The movie is rubbish, but Bowie is rather brilliant as an elderly father figure. Not at all role one would expect from him.

As for what movies to get, I'd choose either TMWFTE, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence or Basquiat. In the end, TMWFTE is the classic movie, and the one you should get first.

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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
06/08/04 05:16 AM
Re: Help me pick my next Bowie film new [re: Max_M]  

I am not a big fan of The Man Who Fell to Earth but for several reasons, I consider it a critical film.

Not only was it Bowie's first major role, but it inspired at least two album covers, expanded on his 'other worldliness', and by Bowie's own account, he took his character off set with him in the following months.

But for all round excellence and for Bowie's deepest film portrayal, I'll have to go with Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.

Also if you're a fan of 1.Outside and it's subplot, you cannot go past Sanctuary the first episode of The Hunger (in which Bowie appears). And if you're keen on art, don't waste another second - go and rent Basquiat. At the end of the day, Bowie's films and roles are so varied, that almost all of them are pretty worthwhile (even Mr. Rice's Secret for the reason Sysiyo explained). So basically, I'd choose the next film depending on your mood or interest but with the intent of seeing them all if you're a major Bowie fan.




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zigbot
(crash course raver)
06/08/04 02:50 PM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: dukewhite]  

Well, you're not missing too much on at least two of the three you haven't seen, dukewhite.

Absolute Beginners blows in my estimation--and if I ever see Bowie tap dancing on a huge typewriter again, it will be far too soon. The only good thing about the movie is the theme song. And as for Everybody Loves Sunshine (aka B.U.S.T.E.D.), I own the DVD and have now tried twice--both times unsuccessfully--to sit through the whole thing. I might give it a third try one day . . . but it isn't on my list of priorities.

As for Il Mio West, I know little about it. Can you fill in the gaps in my Bowie knowledge on this one?

zigbot

dukewhite
(stealing for that one good rush)
06/08/04 04:23 PM
Re: Bowie Film Theory 101 new [re: zigbot]  

[Il Mio west is a Spaghetti Western that Bowie did in 1998 with director Giovanni Veronesi. It is summarized at IMdB thus:

The idealistic lifestyle of a old West farmer Leonardo Pieracconi), his Indian wife Sandrine Holt), and half-breed son (Yudii Mercredi), who narrates the tale is disrupted when his father (Harvey Keitel), an old gunslinger shows up on the farm. Although looking to retire, the family is not happy with his return given his past lifestyle and mistreatment of his family. Things get worse when another gunfighter (David Bowie) shows up and terrorizes the town trying to force the father into a gun fight.

I have never seen it, nor heard of copies of it existing. I can only think of one person who has seen it and has a copy, which I am sure is a bootleg or import and she doesn't share it with anyone. But from what I've heard about it, it's not worth the extreme effort required to find and watch it.

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EJSundayModerator
(acolyte)
06/08/04 04:38 PM
Flower Munchies new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

But for all round excellence and for Bowie's deepest film portrayal, I'll have to go with Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.


Absolutely. Though when I watched it again recently (some 20 years after its premier) I found that it hasn't aged very well. Looked really dated. But still Bowie's good in it and so is Sakamoto. And Tom Conti. And the music.

I actually liked "The Hunger" as well but I never watched it again so I don't know if that is still a reliable judgement.

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