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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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David Bowie in the Movie. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The "glitter" on the film was caused by tiny bits of magnesium that made it's way on the film giving it a glitter chrome look. See more »

Quotes

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

Oh! You Pretty Things
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie (as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
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More than an antique curio item, "Ziggy" is both entertaining and strangely revealing
17 February 1999 | by lefty-11See all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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