Watch That Man: David Bowie, Movie Star
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With a new album and a sold-out museum exhibition in London (sure to travel), one of the ultimate icons of rock is back—call 2013 the Year of David Bowie. In honor of the singer-songwriter’s genius for shapeshifting, we present a retrospective of his finest work on the big screen—plus special rarities from the BBC archives. Series programmed by Gavin Smith.
In This Series
A cameo-packed kaleidoscopic musical pastiche in which a teenage photographer pursues his elusive dream girl through the bohemian scene of late 1950s London, with Bowie as the smooth-talking advertising exec who offers to get him into the big time.Read more »
Sunday, August 042:15pm
In this BBC-TV adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s first play, Bowie is debauched artist-poet Baal, who defies bourgeois society and roams the countryside womanizing, brawling and, finally, committing murder.Read more »
Saturday, August 038:00pm
Thursday, August 085:30pm
Bowie costars in this biopic about painter Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright), playing the artist’s friend and collaborator Andy Warhol in a performance widely hailed as the definitive onscreen incarnation of Warhol.Read more »
Sunday, August 0412:00pm
Wednesday, August 072:45pm
Special Event: afterparty with DJ at August 6 screening! A co-presentation with Viva Radio and New Wave.
A rare screening of the harrowing true story of a 13-year-old Berlin girl’s heroin-addicted hell, featuring a soundtrack of songs from Bowie’s 1977-79 Berlin phase—plus, when Christiane (Natja Brunckhorst) attends a Bowie concert, a stunning live performance of “Station to Station.”Read more »
Tuesday, August 066:30pm
Wednesday, August 077:45pm
A candid, haunting and ultra-rare documentary portrait shot during the 1974 Diamond Dogs tour featuring much behind the scenes footage that reveal Bowie’s fragile mental state as well as live performances of nine songs.Read more »
Free screening! Reality director Steven Lippman in person for Q&A!
A treasure trove of rare and unseen footage, this close-up look at Bowie is a crash course for the ravers with material culled from archives all over the world. Presented by BBC Worldwide / Showtime. Screening with Reality (Steven Lippman, 2003, 28m).Read more »
Thursday, August 087:00pm
Producer and co-writer Joshua Sinclair in person for Q&A at August 7 screening!
An ironic picaresque set amidst the decadent demimonde and political ferment of Weimar Germany, the film details the misfortunes of a Prussian officer (Bowie) reduced to working as a paid escort to make ends meet.Read more »
Tuesday, August 064:15pm
Wednesday, August 075:15pm
Family Film! Special ticket price: $6 for everyone!
In Jim Henson’s live-action and puppet fairy tale fantasy, Bowie’s Jareth, the villainous Goblin King, tempts and torments Jennifer Connelly, who must negotiate an otherworldly labyrinth to rescue her baby brother.Read more »
Saturday, August 0312:00pm
Bowie’s made his indelible screen debut as an extraterrestrial who builds a billion-dollar corporate empire and creates a private space program to save his dying home world, but is undone by earthly emotional attachments and the machinations of a shadowy syndicate.Read more »
Sunday, August 044:45pm
Monday, August 052:00pm
The conflicting cultural imperatives and repressions of East and West collide with tragic consequences in a Japanese POW camp as an unspoken fatal attraction develops between British officer Bowie and camp commander Ryuichi Sakamoto.Read more »
Saturday, August 032:15pm
Wednesday, August 0712:00pm
Nolan insisted that only Bowie could play the pivotal part of legendary real-life inventor Nicola Tesla in this fantasy thriller about two rival 19th-century magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) who compete over an astounding magic trick made possible by the scientist’s invention.Read more »
Saturday, August 035:15pm
Capturing 16 numbers from the 1973 Aladdin Sane UK tour, rock doc vet Pennebaker shoots straight with minimal behind-the-scenes action, and he only has eyes for Bowie (and guitarist Mick Ronson). Screening with: Cracked Actor (Alan Yentob, 1975).Read more »