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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)
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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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Jeff Beck guested on guitar in two songs and was supposed to have been in the film, but asked not to appear in it because he felt his solos and his appearance, looking more like a '60s blues rocker than Bowie and the Spiders' theatrical outfits didn't quite fit the movie.See more »
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David Bowie:My Mother saw her first spaceship today...See more »
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Referenced in Alleys and Motorways (1997) (V)See more »
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Cracked ActorSee more »

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21 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
It's really all about the hair, 10 June 2006
Author: S. M. (westwork@gmail.com) from Lille, France

Don't come expecting plot: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is just a concert film, recorded at the last show of David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" tour at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, July 3rd, 1973. However, to say it's _just_ a concert film doesn't quite cover the bases... Let's be blunt: if you like the idea of the 26-year-old Bowie in a skimpy satin tunic and boots, growling into a microphone and spreading his thighs for the fans, then you're going to love this film. If that idea does nothing for you -- and, frankly, if it doesn't then I think you're missing one of life's great kicks -- then you're not the target audience.

I should add that there are also five or six costume changes, some amusing backstage conversation, plenty of shots of the audience (apparently mostly fourteen-year-old girls in varying states of sexual ecstasy), and some rather scorching extended solos from lead guitarist Mick Ronson. Oh, yes: and I shouldn't forget to mention that Bowie's showmanship is amazing and the musical performances range from interesting to excellent -- there's a truly fabulous version of "Cracked Actor," for instance, with Bowie maintaining a surprising level of fierceness while playing harmonica and draped in a satin kimono.

Beyond the music -- "Ziggy" staples like "Changes," "Space Oddity," "My Death," "All The Young Dudes," etc., as well as covers of the Rolling Stones' "Let's Spend The Night Together" and Lou Reed's "White Light, White Heat" -- the visual imagery is what really makes this interesting. The come-hither hip-shaking of "Moonage Daydream," or the guitar-sex-flavored performance of "Time" (with Bowie in unitard, garter and feather boa), all make this a fantastic education in what Bowie's original aesthetic -- and sex appeal -- were all about.

Personally, I think this is a _Gesamtkunstwerk_ -- that is, a total work of art -- and should probably be beamed into outer space for the aliens to have fun with. But you can probably figure out which segment of the audience I fall into.

P.S.: By the by, Todd Haynes' Velvet Goldmine made a hell of a lot more sense after I'd seen this film.

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