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.
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.