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Title: The Man Who Fell to Earth
Date: 1976

Vitals: Cult science fiction rock star David Bowie stars in a cult science fiction flick created by cult science fiction director Nicholas Roeg. The weird thing is that the result is actually worth watching: The Man Who Fell to Earth is a surreal, melancholy look at Earth life through the eyes of an alien who has come to save his dying planet but discovers he can never go home. Despite a urine-soaked sex scene and Tommy-esque depictions of celebrity life, this flick shines as one of the few examples of a director trying to represent alien consciousness on film.


Famous names: Nicholas Roeg, David Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry

Crunchy goodness: 4

Sights you'll never unsee: David Bowie's outfits and high-tech house, all of which are a reminder of that brief time on the cusp of the 1980s when we imagined the future would look like a disco full of Apple computers.


Life lesson: As you always suspected, digital music storage was invented by aliens.

Stunt casting: David Bowie as an alien who becomes a celebrity. Hm, that's a stretch.

Bowie Golden Years: The Man Who Fell To Earth

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