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Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1983)

Cast: David Bowie, David Bowie
Director: D.A. Pennebaker, D.A. Pennebaker
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Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Cult, Documentary, Music, Music Videos/Performance, Music
Running Time: 89 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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 altogether. This "final" performance features numerous songs from Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane and other Bowie albums, including "Ziggy Stardust," "Moonage Daydream," "Changes," and "Space Oddity," as well as a cover of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat." Though a shortened version of the film was broadcast on television in 1974, the film did not receive a full theatrical release until 1983. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

cool by Ashtonford March 5, 2006 - 9:05 PM PST
Havent seen this movie for quite awhile. This is a must for any David Bowie fan the performance is fresh and just as good as when it came out.

Mullets Rule, OK by Xtian66 September 14, 2005 - 9:37 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Some people need to quit their kabbitzen, go plug in the big speakers, and tweak the EQ. Then they need to go get some amyls and marching powder, then get ready to rawk, glitter style!

Essentially unwatchable by MDixon February 5, 2004 - 8:43 AM PST
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
or unlistenable, rather. The visuals were - OK - but the sound kept me from being able to watch this at all. At least, in the dressing room scenes, you can hear what Bowie, Angela, Ringo et al are saying. Admittedly, I'm not a huge Bowie fan - and I think the sound on the recent release of Ziggy (the album) is, if anything, too clean. BUT, it is about the music, at the end of the day, and the music on this sounds like it was recorded with a Mattel microphone, wrapped in bubble wrap and inside a cardboard box. Blecccch . . .

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