(out of 5)
Watch this excellent science-fiction film, but don’t expect to be let off easy. David Bowie plays an alien (hardly any makeup required, ha ha) who finds himself trapped on Earth after he arrives on a mission to bring water back to his dying planet. The visuals of his world are exceptionally memorable, as is the drama that unfolds on Bowie’s journey. Candy Clark plays the love interest, and though she’s charming for a while, she’s more than a bit grating by the film’s conclusion. Completely original filmmaking that is to be admired.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond
Production Design by Brian Eatwell
Costume Design by May Routh
Film Editing by Graeme Clifford
Film Festivals: Berlin 1976