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The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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David Bowie ... Himself / Ziggy Stardust
Mick Ronson ... Himself - Guitar and Vocals
Trevor Bolder ... Himself - Bass
Mick Woodmansey ... Himself - Drums (also as Woody Woodmansey) (as Mick Woodmansy)
Ken Fordham ... Himself - Sax, Flute
Brian Wilshaw ... Himself - Sax, Flute
Geoffrey MacCormack ... Himself - Backing Vocals, Percussions
John 'Hutch' Hutchinson ... Himself - Guitar

Mike Garson ... Himself - Piano, Mellotron, Organ
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angie Bowie ... Herself (uncredited)
Maureen Starkey ... Herself (uncredited)

Ringo Starr ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
D.A. Pennebaker 
 
Produced by
Tony Defries .... executive producer
Edith Van Slyck .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Mike Davis 
Jim Desmond 
Nick Doob 
Randy Franken 
D.A. Pennebaker 
 
Film Editing by
Lorry Whitehead 
 
Costume Design by
Freddie Buretti 
Kansai 
 
Makeup Department
Suzy Fussey .... hair stylist
Pierre La Roche .... makeup artist (as Pierre Laroche)
 
Production Management
Rebecca Marshall .... post-production supervisor (2002 restoration)
Stacy Pennebaker .... unit manager
Alan Brewer .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Lysohir .... camera assistant
Phillip Mesure .... camera assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Fussey .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
David Bowie .... music mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Tergesen .... music mixer (uncredited)
Tony Visconti .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jaime Andrews .... road manager: Mainman
Tony Zanetta .... tour coordinator
Benjamin Berman .... intern (uncredited)
 
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RCA requested that many references to, mostly, death and suicide in Bowie's lyrics should be bleeped. Pennebaker gave way. But he only bleeped the mono-sound negative, while the stereo film print and soundtrack remained non-bleeped.See more »
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David Bowie:What do you know about make-up? You're Just a Girl.See more »
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Rock 'n' Roll SuicideSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A time capsule from an alien world, 22 April 2013
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

This concert film is probably most famous for capturing a pivotal moment in music history. It is the last show that David Bowie performed under the Ziggy Stardust persona and the last time he was on stage with his backing band The Spiders From Mars. Seemingly his announcement near the end of the show stating that this was the final appearance was not only news to the audience but to the band as well!

The film takes the form mostly as straightforward concert footage. There is also some backstage material interspersed throughout which I think it would have been good to have had more of, seeing as it revealed a little bit more of what Bowie was like behind the mask. But as it was, the vast majority of material is taken from the concert. The approach taken is very stripped down and basic. There isn't really a lot of imagination in the approach but I guess the idea was to let the show speak for itself. Perhaps though it might have been better for a live performance by such a flamboyant performer as Bowie to be presented with a little more imagination. Sometimes, it's the audience reactions to the show that are truthfully the most interesting, seeing as some of his fans seem to be almost hyper-ventilating with emotion. Some of the costume changes now provoke a chuckle or two; although, in truth, I have always found the fashions of the 70's glam rock era to be absolutely catastrophic. But at the end of the day it is a time capsule film and in this sense it is interesting. Even if Bowie does feel the need to do a mime artistry routine.

The concert itself? One for Bowie devotees especially I would say, of which I am not one I have to admit. But I thought Mick Ronson was very good on guitar and they all do knock out the tunes with some energy. It was also interesting to hear a good version of The Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat close the show.

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