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David Bowie: Five Years (2013)

A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

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Francis Whately
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David Bowie ... Self (archive footage)
Rick Wakeman ... Self
John Harris ... Self - journalist, author
Ken Scott Ken Scott ... Self - co-producer 'Hunky Dory'
Mick Ronson ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Shaar Murray Charles Shaar Murray ... Self - music journalist
Trevor Bolder Trevor Bolder ... Self
Angie Bowie Angie Bowie ... Self (archive footage) (as Angela Bowie)
Camille Paglia Camille Paglia ... Self - social critic, author
Ava Cherry Ava Cherry ... Self - back-up singer
Carlos Alomar Carlos Alomar ... Self
Luther Vandross ... Self (archive footage)
Nelson George ... Self - culture critic
Robin Clark Robin Clark ... Self - back-up singer
Geoff MacGormack Geoff MacGormack ... Self - David Bowie's childhood friend, back-up singer
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A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

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The title "Five Years" is also the title of the opening song to Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album. See more »

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Incomplete, like any abridged work, but a fine production

First of all I wanted to mention one thing -- during one scene, a sort of a cappella version of "Starman" is part of the soundtrack. If somebody knows where I can find a copy of that beautiful remix, I would be most grateful! Still I almost doubt it was ever done to completion.... I hope I'm wrong because it is truly sublime.

I enjoyed watching this mainly for the clips of David Bowie himself, as tends to be the case. I wasn't thrilled by the omission of certain eras, but the media tends to focus most heavily on the Ziggy Stardust stuff anyway. I thought the production quality was really fine, and I enjoyed the relatively quick summary of his career. Really a great thing for an introduction to him as an artist, but not a whole lot of new information for anyone who has seen video clips online, read about him, and pieced together the personal history from their own "research."


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

David Bowie: Cinco años See more »

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