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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1979)

The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From... See full summary »

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D.A. Pennebaker

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Bowie ... Self / Ziggy Stardust
Mick Ronson ... Self - Guitar and Vocals
Trevor Bolder Trevor Bolder ... Self - Bass
Mick Woodmansey Mick Woodmansey ... Self - Drums (as Mick Woodmansy) (as Woody Woodmansey)
Ken Fordham Ken Fordham ... Self - Sax, Flute
Brian Wilshaw Brian Wilshaw ... Self - Sax, Flute
Geoffrey MacCormack Geoffrey MacCormack ... Self - Backing Vocals, Percussions
John 'Hutch' Hutchinson John 'Hutch' Hutchinson ... Self - Guitar
Mike Garson ... Self - Piano, Mellotron, Organ
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The July 3rd, 1973 historic concert of the 'leper Messiah'. This was to be David Bowie's last concert with the Ziggy persona and the Spiders from Mars. A great medley of 'Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud'/'All The Young Dudes'/'Oh! You Pretty Things', a Lou Reed cover, and a Rolling Stones cover are but some of the highlights. Written by MasoK <grok@tri-lakes.net>

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

David Bowie: What do you know about make-up? You're Just a Girl.
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Connections

Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

My Death
Written by Eric Blau, Mort Shuman and Jacques Brel
Performed by David Bowie (as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
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All the young dudes
1 October 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Concert films tend to be rated highly by fans of the band or performer. To non fans its just a concert film, even some highly regarded concert films such as Talking Heads 'Stop making sense' are a tad overrated as far as I am concerned even though I actually like the band.

This is the concert film shot in London and the last to feature David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust persona. Some fans might say this was at his pomp although Bowie has made good music since and at this time he was experiencing serious drug issues, bit churlish to say he was at the height of his powers when he was so drugged up.

The footage contains some of his early great songs that even non fans would know, although some songs are rather dark. There is great showmanship from the thin white duke, costume changes and interplay with his guitarist Mick Ronson.

It certainly looked shocking 40 years ago especially the way Ronson and Bowie cavorted on stage looked daring and camp, but of course now its largely dated. Bowie is now just a guy with heavy makeup and dated costume, so its reliant on his songs and stagecraft.

However the concert is not that well filmed, its not well lit, the backstage footage is not that interesting. It is a historical record of an era for Bowie, a period he himself does not remember well because of his hedonistic lifestyle but there is still some power in those classic songs of his and great guitar from Ronson.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,816, 14 July 2002

Gross USA:

$162,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,239
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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