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DVD Night: The Man Who Fell To Earth (David Bowie)

  • Jul 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a stronger gravitational pull. Bowie seemed perfectly cast as the space traveller, and the film further cemented director Roeg's status as one of the most unique filmmakers of the 1970's. Originally cut by 20 minutes in its 1976 US release, this anniversary presentation is the complete version.

Nicolas Roeg was on a roll when he made this film in 1976. In 1970, his first film, “Performance,” also centered on a nontraditional role for a rock star, Mick Jagger. In 1971, Roeg made the visionary “Walkabout.” In 1973, there was “Don’t Look Now,” recently voted the best British film of all time. 

Filled with stunning imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth is a calm, meditative film that profoundly explores our culture's values and desires.

Rotten Tomatoes 85/71.    Running time: 2 hr. 20 min.

Feel free to bring snack and beverage of your choice, to be supplemented by your host with bread and cheese. After the film, we can optionally adjourn to a fantastic Italian restaurant -  Maggianos in the Fayetteville Street Mall 

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  • Carl_RTP

    If you don't count the actual movie, this meetup was great - good company, good food, and enhanced quality blu ray disk. Of course, I can't ignore the movie quality - let's just say that Netflix rating of 2.5 stars was optimistic. (And, how Rotten Tomatoes arrived at 4.5 stars, I'll never know.)
    . David Bowie (alien) and Candy Clark (as the woman who loves him) do give rather stellar performances IMHO. In fact, retitle this as "I Married a Martian" and prune it down to 90 minutes and you might have a terrific movie.
    . The plot is actually rather an old classic. Woman falls hopelessly in love with man on first sight (how could she resist David Bowie in his prime) who turns out to have a wife and child at home. She even takes him to her church. Bad enough - but then it turns out he's a real alien, not merely British as she supposes.
    She still clings to him - no small feat once he assumes his weird and slimy Martian form in an effort to warn her off. Then the film flames out, way out.

    July 20, 2014

    • Jacqui

      Thx Carl. It is really not an easy subject to address as I do like to read reviews as well and take part in discussion. It is just that some of the time too much is revealed, sometimes before the movie has even been seen by the group, which can be frustrating for those who may not be able to attend. Might just be nice to include "spoiler alert" if too much is to be revealed. These are my thoughts.

      July 21, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Jacqui - I see what your concern is, and adding a "Spoiler Alert" label won't derail my train of creative thought. And, even for the kinds of legacy movies that I plan to run, I can see that other members might be tempted to rent a movie from a meetup that they missed. I might wish for a label that did not include the word "spoiler" in front of my thoughts - perhaps I can find a suitable synonymous phrase that does the same job, and include it in all uppercase ;-)

      July 21, 2014

  • Mark F.

    Well, my previous comment was with the rating they ask for. But I had some more thoughts about the movie. - One root source for this movie is War of the Worlds. The alien's motivation is lifted straight from that book, but of course his MO is completely different. (There's a whole sub-genre of aliens-come-to-Earth-to-save/replace-their-dying-planet stories, and they all go back to H.G. Wells.)

    - It's also a movie about alcoholism. The aliens in WotW couldn't deal with our germs, and this guy couldn't deal with our liquor.

    - So his name is Tom. I wonder if he served in the armed services of his planet, and if so, what rank he was. Perhaps . . . Major?

    2 · July 20, 2014

  • Mark F.

    The company was great, the movie, a bit less so. But still worth having seen.

    July 20, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Thanks for your consideration, Nick. Happy to have you joining these DVD meetups. Look forward to meeting you, especially since you also appreciate (and remember ;-) 2001. With just a hint of encouragement from the group, I'd be very tempted to schedule that in August.

    July 19, 2014

    • Nick V.

      I'd like to see "2001" again. In fact I have it on DVD and hope the DVD still plays OK

      July 19, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Don't sweat that, Nick. I have the Blu Ray disk, still factory sealed, and a good sound system to complement it.

      July 19, 2014

  • Zoe

    Carl, got instructions by mistake even though I had RSVP'd no. Cannot attend, sadly. Not seeing my earlier attempt to comment here, but wanted to let you know..just in case a mixup occurred somewhere. Enjoy!!

    July 19, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Thank you, Zoe. Sorry about the confusion. Hope to see you at a future DVD night.

      July 19, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Very glad to hear that, Mark.

    July 19, 2014

  • Mark F.

    Well, now they tell me it will be here within the hour, so I will still try to make it.

    July 19, 2014

  • Nick V.

    Will just see movie & skip the dinner. Look forward to watching the movie with everyone this evening.

    July 19, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Thanks for the notice, Mark. No need to feel terrible. We all know how committed you have been. Hope to see you for the next DVD night.

    July 19, 2014

  • Mark F.

    I feel terrible since I've hosted a lot of these and I always say to treat your RSVP as a commitment. But I just learned that my "all day" delivery window for a new piece of furniture meant any time from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, and now they've told me it's going to be between 6 and 10 tonight. So I have to stay home. I hope someone can come off the waiting list....

    July 19, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Understand and sorry, Miri. Hope we'll see you next time.

    July 19, 2014

  • Nick V.

    Interested in seeing this again (first saw it when it was released) and appreciate you hosting this. Decided to remove myself from the wait list given that I'm not certain if I can attend this event tonight but hope to make it to the next one

    July 19, 2014

  • Barbara

    Get an eyepatch, man.

    July 18, 2014

  • Bobbi

    Thanks Carl, I was confused and emailed you back, sorry to miss it!

    July 17, 2014

  • Carl_RTP

    Oops - directions were broadcast far and wide in error. Please ignore the email with directions if you've not signed up for this meetup. Sorry for the mixup.

    July 17, 2014

  • Shawna

    I've never seen this movie but it makes me think of Flight of the Conchords, Bowie episode, haha. Have fun!

    July 17, 2014

  • joya

    Hi Carl, I have a friend who will be with me that evening so I will unfortunately need to change my RSVP..... enjoy the film!

    July 14, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Joya - thanks for letting me know. Hope you can make a future DVD meetup.

      1 · July 15, 2014

  • Elizabeth J.

    Oops; I just read the full description of this and think one of the waitlist folks would enjoy it more than me. I like this director very much, but I'm not a science fiction fan. Sorry for changing my RSVP.

    July 11, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Elizabeth - thanks for the timely notice. Hope to see you at a future meetup.

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • joya

    Thank you for inviting me to see this film.... may I bring a friend? I will bring something tasty to share!

    July 10, 2014

    • Carl_RTP

      Joya - thank you for the generous offer. But, we are at max seating capacity for my modest space and have a wait list of three.

      July 10, 2014

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