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.
From the Tarkovsky Archives
On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work.
From the Pasolini Archives
On the anniversary of his birth, we look back on the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the most radical figures of Italian cinema.
Words of Wisdom from This Year’s DGA Nominees
With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we gathered some highlights from an in-depth conversation with five of this year’s most-lauded directors.
When Jazz Icon Hugh Masekela Took the Stage at Monterey
With the recent passing of Hugh Masekela, we’re looking back at the South African jazz luminary’s unforgettable performance in Monterey Pop.