Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars



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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
20th Century Fox Film Corporat



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Critic Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11)

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.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Toronto Star
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The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Globe and Mail
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A colorful snapshot of an early chapter in the story of an accomplished performer.

Full Review… | September 12, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Boston Globe
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An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

I was born in the wrong time.
Brilliant, Bowie at his best.

Emily B.

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Bowie is a God and Pennebaker is a badass. Watching this on the big screen makes me weep.

Keith Munley

Super Reviewer


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 Sayers
David Sayers

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