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David Bowie. The Man Who Fell to Earth

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.11 lb, 480 pages
US$ 20
Haunting, hallucinatory, and with a mesmerizing lead role performance from David Bowie, Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is a cult piece of science fiction. This book gathers a bumper collection of stills and behind-the-scenes images by unit photographer David James, including stunning shots of Bowie as humanoid alien Thomas Jerome Newton.

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Loving the Alien

Behind the scenes of Nic Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi masterpiece starring David Bowie
First advertised as a “mind-stretching experience,” Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth stunned the cinema world. A tour-de-force of science fiction as art form, the movie brought not only hallucinatory visuals and a haunting exploration of contemporary alienation, but also glam-rock legend David Bowie in his lead role debut as paranoid alien Newton.

Based on Walter Tevis’s 1963 sci-fi fable of the same title, The Man Who Fell to Earth follows alien Newton from his arrival on earth in search of water; his transition to wealthy entrepreneur, leveraging the advanced technologies of his native planet; his sexual awakening with the young Mary-Lou; and then the discovery of his alien identity, his imprisonment, abandonment, and descent into alcoholism. Throughout, Roeg coaxed a beguiling performance from his cast, presenting not only Bowie in ethereal space-traveler glory, but also pitch-perfect supporting performances from Candy Clark, Rip Torn, and Buck Henry.

TASCHEN’s The Man Who Fell to Earth presents a plenitude of stills and behind-the-scenes images by unit photographer David James, including numerous shots of Bowie at his playful and ambiguous best. A fresh introductory essay explores the shooting of the film and its lasting impact, drawing upon an exclusive interview with David James, who brings first-hand insights into the making of this sci-fi masterwork.
The editor

Paul Duncan is a film historian whose TASCHEN books include The Star Wars Archives, The James Bond Archives, The Charlie Chaplin Archives, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Film Noir, and Horror Cinema, as well as publications on film directors, film genres, and movie stars.

David Bowie. The Man Who Fell to Earth
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.11 lb, 480 pages
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Customer reviews (4)

A wonderful book

John, November 08, 2021
A vast source of fascinating and illuminating photographs and recollections of the making of "The Man Who Fell to Earth," along with David Bowie's own transformation over the course of his involvement in the film--reading this book was thoroughly enjoyable indeed.

A Beautiful Look at a Classic Film

Howard, October 27, 2021
This is a fantastic companion piece to the film. It has hundreds of unseen photos, and it's a very candid look behind the scenes. It's a must-have for any Bowie fan, particularly at such a low price!

An intimate (but not too intimate) view behind the camera

Jasun, October 27, 2021
There’s very little to this book. Mostly just a photo album from the making of this fascinating movie and a fascinating performer. But you’ll find yourself getting lost in it as you flip through seeing the wonderful candid images.

Ground control to Major Tom

Panos, October 27, 2021
David or Ziggy or The man who “saved” the world !
Beautiful artworks and information !