Keswick Film Festival

The Man Who Fell To Earth

Director: Nicolas Roeg Country: UK
Cert: 18 Year: 1976 Length: 139 minsLanguage: English
2003 Festival
The Man Who Fell To Earth

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David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry.
Roeg's venture into science fiction is of course much more than the simple tale of a man who came to seek help for his parched planet. Capitalising on lucrative inventions and heading up an international conglomerate, he seems well on his way; but earthly temptations (sex, booze and TV!) endanger the ultimate objective. The depiction of the alienating effects of an over-commercialised society must be intended to warn us earthlings, just as much as the extraterrestrial Bowie character - he of the anorexic frame, pale skin, orange hair and mismatching coloured eyes - who becomes the battleground of an innocent, alien culture pitted against our tainted, Westernised existence.
Berlin Film Festival 1976: Nom. Golden Bear
Academy of SF,Fantasy & Horror Films: Winner, David Bowie, Best Actor

Critics

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An old-fashioned fairy tale for those adults who read Jonathan Swift and believe that our world, and those who run it, can be cold, cruel, and unfair
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Danny Peary, Cult Movies 2







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