• It’s a film that stars David Bowie, so it should come as no surprise that Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is as richly layered sonically as it is visually. However, although Bowie wrote songs for the sci-fi classic, none of those were ultimately used on its soundtrack. This enjoyable new video essay for Film Comment, written by Sean Doyle and read by Violet Lucca, explores what did end up there, from lush, earthy soundscapes to a well-curated selection of pop songs, and speculates about Bowie’s unused compositions. You can also read Doyle’s complete text here.

4 comments

  • By thevoid99
    September 25, 2015
    07:05 PM

    Will this mean the film will be back in print through Criterion?
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    • By Stephen Michael
      September 28, 2015
      02:56 PM

      That would be a prayer answered! (and a day one purchase!) Although this post may also be in honor of David Bowie's upcoming theatrical project Lazarus, which is a loose adaptation of The Man Who Fell to Earth. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6605797/michael-c-hall-to-star-in-david-bowies-lazarus
    • By JayME
      September 28, 2015
      04:20 PM

      Let us Pray it does. I want it for a normal price!! Maybe release the film and soundtrack in one set!!
  • By maxtracks
    September 26, 2015
    07:04 PM

    I would love if they put out another run so that I don't have to pay out the crazy for it on eBay. Adore this movie. Funfact: My Uncle started the American David Bowie fanclub. Hook me up Criterion!
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