Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

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Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker focuses his lens on a 1973 concert by David Bowie, who performs under the moniker Ziggy Stardust with his glam-rock backing band, the Spiders From Mars. While some backstage footage of the theatrical singer-songwriter is featured, the majority of the film is devoted to the music played onstage, which includes hits, album cuts and covers of Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground songs. Bowie also shocks fans by announcing his intention to drop the Stardust persona.

Cast & Crew

David Bowie
Himself, Ziggy Stardust
Mick Ronson
Himself
Angela Bowie
Herself
Tony Defries
Executive Producer
Edith Van Slyck
Associate Producer
James Desmond
Cinematographer
Lorry Whitehead
Film Editor
Alan Brewer
Post-Production Supervisor
Freddie Burretti
Costume Designer
Suzy Fussey
Hair Stylist
Suzy Fussey
Wardrobe
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Critic Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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  • The moment where Bowie announces that this is "the last show that we'll ever do", to the screams and groans of the audience (most of whom assumed it was he, not Ziggy, who was retiring) remains utterly bracing.

    March 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not clear whether Pennebaker understands what it's about-he can only grope for a visual equivalent with cliched shots of overwhelmed fans.

    April 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The result miraculously resurrects a seminal moment in rock history, elevating Ziggy Stardust into the landmark cultural event it always should have been.

    January 13, 2016 | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
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  • Bowie knew how to play his audience, and the documentary shows him as a fiercely concentrated performance artist on and offstage, who micromanaged everything from his makeup palette to the length of his kimono sleeves.

    January 13, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While the likes of 'Oh You Pretty Things' and 'All the Young Dudes' still raise a smile, the presiding image is of those flesh-crawling glam-rock costumes and stage antics. Go for the music, or not at all.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    John Gill

    Time Out
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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.

    October 4, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • Jun 29, 2011
    I was born in the wrong time. Brilliant, Bowie at his best.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    Bowie is a God and Pennebaker is a badass. Watching this on the big screen makes me weep.
    Keith M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    A great concert film. Bowie is brilliant and sexually intrigueing as Ziggy. The footage has a real raw look to it which makes you feel like you're really there. Interesting comparing this to his recent Reality concert film which looks much more professional but doesn't have the same immediacy.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    A great film concert experience.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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