The Man Who Fell to Earth

N.p. RCA Records and Tapes, 1975. Two preliminary RCA test photographs of David Bowie to promote his 1976 album "Station to Station," released here to promote his upcoming appearance in the 1976 film, "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Mimeo snipes, announcing "David Bowie to star in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth.'," from Bill Feeder of the marketing and advertising agency Rogers & Cowan, Inc., dated 5-29-75, affixed to verso and folded over recto. One with Bowie's name and RCA Records and Tapes printed in bottom margin.

Bowie's "Station to Station" (1976), his tenth studio album, influenced heavily by funk and krautrock, is a crucial, transitional release, and introduces Bowie's Thin White Duke persona. The album and the film were so intertwined that and image from one of the sets from the film (Bowie stepping into his space pod) is used for the album cover.

Based on the 1963 novel by Walter Tevis.

"The Man Who Fell to Earth," now viewed as one of the seminal science fiction films of the 1970s, is one of the few films from that era that successfully transplanted a rock musician to a new context (though certainly Bowie had been camera-ready for most of his career). Roeg managed to take the relatively straightforward novel by Walter Tevis and impose a wide array of new political and philosophical subtexts, effectively making the film more similar than anything else to Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," wherein an alien from another planet comes to earth with a specific mission, only to be overwhelmed with unexpected obstacles and distractions.

In Roeg's interpretation, Bowie arrives on earth determined to bring water to his dying home planet, only to become addicted to alcohol and television, and ultimately remains trapped due to his own limitations and the efforts of a paranoid government to prevent his return.

8 x 10 inches. One with slight even fading, else Near Fine.

Complete collation details available on request.

Criterion Collection 304.


[Book #148809]

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