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This movie sucked.
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I like every other film I've seen from Roeg, but I found this one to be a really tedious viewing experience. I can see how it was probably considered really far-out in its day, but I just couldn't get into it. The perfect use of Bowie's natural otherworldliness could only carry it so far.
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I realize that this review was a little tardy, but is no one else going to stand up for the movie?
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I realize that this review was a little tardy, but is no one else going to stand up for the movie?
Great movie. Loved it! Excellent review Josh.
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Great movie. Loved it! Excellent review Josh.
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I re-watched The Man who fell to Earth a while back and to be honest is Roeg's least "accessible" film for me - and, I don't mean that as a criticism, but more of a compliment. Even if you pay close attention, some things are still hazy. The passage of time is a very obvious theme in the film, but it's left intentionally unclear exactly how many years have passed from beginning (when the alien lands on Earth) to the end - is it 20 years? 30 years? It seems like things here are intentionally left ambiguous...

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The sequence when the lawyer & his assistant were both thrown out of the skyscraper window was quite brutal & unexpected, not least of which because it was somewhat unclear why this was done...I'm guessing it had something to do with corporate espionage.

The ending scene with the DB alien drinking on the restaurant/bar patio was a fitting end to the character & the film; despite all of his riches, with the passage of time & a rough life, he ended up a broken husk & a shade of his former self...


This was one of those Roeg films where the storyline/plot seemed secondary to the surreal tone/vibe the film was trying to convey.

The "true" appearance of the alien & his family reminded me quite a bit of the Martian aliens in the excellent late '70's TV mini-series The Martian Chronicles (based on the Ray Bradbury book of the same name)....
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This was one of those Roeg films where the storyline/plot seemed secondary to the surreal tone/vibe the film was trying to convey.
After watching the movie this time, I remembered that I also still have the Criterion DVD on my shelf. That DVD came with a copy of the original novel by Walter Tevis. I decided to read it to see how it compares to the movie.

It's interesting. The book (which was published in 1963) is a very straightforward sci-fi tale without much of the surreal tone that Roeg brought to the movie. However, the movie follows the plot of the book surprisingly closely. Some of the details may be changed a little (Newton crashes in Kentucky rather than New Mexico and the Mary-Lou character is named Betty Jo in the book, among other things), but the general plot is very similar. Even the part about Newton recording an album at the end, which I had assumed was thrown into the movie because of Bowie, actually comes straight from the book.
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It's interesting. The book (which was published in 1963) is a very straightforward sci-fi tale without much of the surreal tone that Roeg brought to the movie. However, the movie follows the plot of the book surprisingly closely. Some of the details may be changed a little (Newton crashes in Kentucky rather than New Mexico and the Mary-Lou character is named Betty Jo in the book, among other things), but the general plot is very similar. Even the part about Newton recording an album at the end, which I had assumed was thrown into the movie because of Bowie, actually comes straight from the book.
Yes, good points. I actually read TMWFTE novel by Tevis around 1992/1993, when I was in college. Unusually enough, I didn't see the movie for the first time until years later, around 2007/2008-ish. I don't remember much about the novel, other than that it was well-written. It's worth noting that Tevis also wrote The Hustler, which was also adapted into an excellent film.
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Yes, good points. I actually read TMWFTE novel by Tevis around 1992/1993, when I was in college. Unusually enough, I didn't see the movie for the first time until years later, around 2007/2008-ish. I don't remember much about the novel, other than that it was well-written.
It's a good book. I found it worth a read.

The novel was first published in 1963. The copy that comes with the DVD has a copyright date of 1991. It's clear that Tevis made revisions to the text at some point (probably around the time of the movie), because a chapter at the end makes a reference to Watergate.

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It's worth noting that Tevis also wrote The Hustler, which was also adapted into an excellent film.
Also its sequel, The Color of Money.
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