Monday, September 27, 2010

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Director: Nicolas Roeg. Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark. 139 min. Rated R. UK. Sci-fi.

Confession: I didn't get it. Or, I didn't get the point of waiting almost 2 and 1/2 hours. If there ever was an alien on Earth, I'm sure it would be David Bowie, but Roeg's story of an alien who comes here in search of water and is then seduced by man's greed and carnal desires, tries to play the deep philosophical sci-fi/art-house game along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and falls flat on the face, due to its multitude of lengthy irrelevant scenes. And the ending leaves you to dry like a raisin in the sun.

Mo says:


  1. I only saw this once many years ago and remember enjoying it. Not just because I am a Bowie fan either! I like 2001 too and understood neither of them, it seems I dont have to understand a film to enjoy it.

  2. "It seems I dont have to understand a film to enjoy it."

    That's one of the most honest statements I've read in a long time - and one of the most true to form about movies. I'll be quoting that from you in the future!