The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Collection)
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While other films directed by Nicolas Roeg have attained similar cult status (including Walkabout and Don't Look Now), none has been as hotly debated as this languid but oddly fascinating adaptation of the science fiction novel by Walter Tevis. David Bowie plays the alien of the title, who arrives on Earth with hopes of finding a way to save his own planet from turning into an arid wasteland. He funds this effort by capitalizing on several highly lucrative inventions, and in so doing becomes the powerful leader of an international corporate conglomerate. But his success has negative consequences as well--his contact with Earth has a disintegrating effect that sends him into a tailspin of disorientation and metaphysical despair. The sexual attention of a cheerful young woman (Candy Clark) doesn't do much to change his outlook, and his introduction to liquor proves even more devastating, until, finally, it looks as though his visit to Earth may be a permanent one. The Man Who Fell to Earth is definitely not for every taste--it's a highly contemplative, primarily visual experience that Roeg directs as an abstract treatise on (among other things) the alienating effects of an over-commercialized society. Stimulating and hypnotic or frightfully dull, depending on your receptiveness to its loosely knit ideas, it's at least in part about not belonging, about being disconnected from the world--about being a stranger in a strange land when there's really no place like home. --Jeff Shannon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Despite my being a Bowie (super-) fan, I think everyone looking for a new experience in an interesting, smart and thought provoking, non-linear film should definitely buy the special edition DVD! It's worth every penny because it's a movie you can't just watch once, the VHS edition does not do it justice and the 2nd disc offers a very interesting and helpful 'Watching The Alien' documentary!
David Bowie, whom I adore anyway, makes an excellent debut in this superb film.
The film follows Walter Tevis's novel very well and adapts to the screen to create a very saddening tale of corporate America and how it can be a boon or a bust to some, including aliens.
That alone is a scary thought.
Upon his arrival from a dying planet, Thomas Jerome Newton sets out to create an empire to obtain money to purchase water for his dying planet. Occasional scenes are shown of him leaving his wife and children behind, and throughout the film we see other scenes of them waiting for his return.
What is never shown is how he is going to transport this to his home planet.
Along the way to his path to success, he is plagued by metaphorical leeches who will do anything to stop him. Greed, lust, and several other deadly sins are thrust upon our protaganist as he tries in vain to overcome them in the process.
David Bowie was the perfect person to be cast for this movie. He moves along in it with an icy perfection that is or was appropriate to his character at the time.
Keep in mind, this film is not without it's flaws. Some scenes were restored to make this the original theatrical release. One involving Rip Torn and his student could have been done without as it makes no sense and attributes nothing to the overall affect of the movie. Again, that is just an opinion, and die hard fans of this movie will be happy that it is included.
This film, upon it's release, was well ahead of its time and to this day, many of the themes implied still are appropiate to what constitutes success vs. failure in the American business sense.Read more ›
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DVD took a very long time to arrive, and turns out I can't view it. It's not compatible and doesn't work in DVD or blue ray players.Published 4 months ago by Brandi Dul
Well when I saw this, I was whoah gotta check it out, bought 2 different times.one was as a birthday present, other because I had pawned it. Read morePublished on April 29 2013 by Todd Copenace
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a science fiction cult film from director Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout, Don't Look Now). Read morePublished on July 5 2007 by K. Driscoll
This is one of those films that is best watched in the dark, by yourself, because sometimes, you just might want to shout out "WHAT? Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Kate
I never went into thi film expecting anything that
conventional,considering David Bowie stars in it. Read more
I suppose the flimsy slipcase, free-floating booklet design was intended to ward off Chinese pirates (Arrrh! Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by S. Lu
I just purchased THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and was completely blown away by the sheer eclectisism of the film. Bowie does a great job in portraying "Mr. Newton"... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by JR
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