The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

DailyView: Day 81, Movie 139

Unfortunately, a second sci-fi movie that I watched today, after viewing Dune this morning, did not connect with me. The next DailyView was set up to be the David Bowie movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and it is a bizarre path of striking imagery, convoluted story and a ton of naked bodies.

David Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien being who came to earth because his own planet was suffering with a terrible drought (though honestly, that plot is not really much of the story). He wanted to find a way back to his wife and children on his home planet, but the excesses of earth and the human race’s greed sabotaged his efforts.

I’m not sure how to talk about this film. It is a science fiction story without any real science fiction. I have seen comments that this is the story of David Bowie and how his life was during the 1970s and the whole alien thing here was an analogy for his real life. That makes as much sense as anything else.

Nicholas Roeg directed the film and, you can not argue that he went for it. It feels like an art house film dealing with the excesses of the human condition. It is a creative task, but I needed something more to grsasp and maintain my attention outside all the sex scenes and the genitals.

Candy Clark played Mary-Lou, a hotel attendant that helped Thomas when he was having an attack, and who fell in love with him. I was not a fan of her performance. In particular, I had issues with her voice. I know that is nitpicking, but it was distracting throughout. I do not know if that was an accent she was doing or if that was her real voice, but it pulled me out of the film.

The Man Who Fell to Earth never interested me and I was just waiting for the film to end. It was a disappointment for sure.

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