Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Bowie '73 with the Spiders from Mars) (1983)
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The July 3, 1973 concert by David Bowie at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theatre is the subject of this documentary by director D.A. Pennebaker, best known for the earlier rock films Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop. Framed by a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, the bulk of the film concerns the actual concert, notable as the final time that Bowie would perform under the Ziggy Stardust persona -- an announcement that, at the time, led many fans to mistakenly believe Bowie was retiring
Dec 1, 1973 Wide
Apr 1, 2003
20th Century Fox Film Corporat
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Freed of the unflattering contemporary distractions offered by This Is Spinal Tap, Pennebaker's Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars captures Bowie at perhaps his purest, punkiest rock 'n' roll peak.
The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film.
A colorful snapshot of an early chapter in the story of an accomplished performer.
Pennebaker doesn't break any ground here, in what is essentially a linear concert film. But he doesn't need to. Bowie's brilliant -- and, by today's stadium-size standards, intimate -- performance does that for him.
An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.
Somehow poor pacing and this lack of visual variety manage to make a great show seem boring -- which is, I suppose, an achievement of sorts.
While "Ziggy" is obviously more of interest to hardcore Bowie fans than anyone else (some critics have trashed it for that reason), it should be required viewing for rockers-in-training who really want to learn about good showmanship.
Certainly of interest, if only for its vintage. But the film is drab and slight.
Even the non-Bowie fans...will be entertained with this finale perf as the alien-like Ziggy [Stardust].
what truly awes in the realization of Bowie's completely mature command of both his voice and the stage so early in his career
Despite the silly costumes, poor stage presence and the rest of it, the songs have not aged.
The sound is muddy and so is the picture, but, nevertheless, Bowie and company glitter -- occasionally like fool's gold, but more often like diamonds.
A mediocre and muddy 'digitally remastered' print. Bowie does little more...than absent-mindedly pace the stage song after song.
The best available film of one of this master showman's several creative peaks -- a peep-show into the past.
As a document of the ever-mutable musician's signature persona, a wraithlike androgyne with a head full of apocalyptic dreams, it's fascinating.
It, however, wasn't until years later when his former wife Angie wrote her memoirs did we learn that she once found Bowie in bed with Mick Jagger.
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