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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Great Britain 1976. Dir: Nicolas Roeg. 139 min. DCP

"OUT THERE" OPENING NIGHTSATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
REFRESHMENTS
& PROGRAMMER'S INTRODUCTION

6:30pm - Don't Look Now with Intro
8:45pm - The Man Who Fell to Earth

4K RESTORATION! By the mid-1970s, David Bowie had, for all intents and purposes, transformed into his erstwhile alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Skeletal, pale, carrot-topped, and coke-fueled, he was extraterrestrial even before being cast in Roeg’s slippery, psychoactive take on Walter Tevis’s sci-fi novel. In it, the Thin White Duke is Thomas Jerome Newton, a starman living in New Mexico who builds a billion-dollar space program in an effort to save his draught-plagued home planet, seen in frenetic, fractured flashbacks. His earthly tour guide (Candy Clark) acquaints him with sex, gin, and television, precipitating his fall. (Rip Torn is in the mix too, as a lecherous science professor.) Roeg, given the keys to England’s first-ever US-based production, brings with him a suitably alien outlook on America. Paramount, upon seeing the final cut, dropped the film and demanded their money back. It’s now a cult classic and canonized SF staple.


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REVIEWS

★★★★★ "A freaky, compelling concept album of a film."

The Guardian | full review

"The most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s."

Time Out | full review