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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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More than an antique curio item, "Ziggy" is both entertaining and strangely revealing See more (17 total) »

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)
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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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Referenced in Alleys and Motorways (1997) (V)See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
More than an antique curio item, "Ziggy" is both entertaining and strangely revealing, 17 February 1999
Author: neil peter huthnance (nhuthnm@ozdocs.net.au) from Sydney, Australia

Bowie is clearly enjoying himself here, although today he claims to find this record of the Spiders final show unwatchable. The costuming IS spectacularly dated and Ziggy's antics do more to camp up a storm than forewarn of an imminent apocalypse. Aside from the music though, there is more going on here than silly, decadent posturing. Backstage musings by Bowie are suggestive of why he is not merely a relic from a past era: there is inherent tension between the public persona and the demand to discover the "real" Bowie. Rock music has since split into 2 positions along these lines: for the most part, the English traditions of camp and irony have served as a distancing device from the demands of an "authentic" self which can impose on others in an intrusive way- Jewel's folk music/"Knight Without Armor" is merely the latest manifestation of the latter tendency (also, despite the hatred of hippies, Nirvana ironically shared their "no hang ups" philosophy in their "Come As You Are" period). Ziggy was, at the time, the most extreme movement away from the "authenticity" of Woodstock Nation in which there was nothing separating the performer and the audience...been an "alien being" also guaranteed a spectacular show for record buyers who may otherwise have had little interest in live music given the high fidelity improvements in recording technology and home sound systems which were starting to become available. It is the irresolvable tension between these two tendencies toward camp/authentic which helps generate the excitement of the audience captured in this film, and which can still inspire interest and enjoyment today.

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