Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

  • PG
  • D A Pennebaker (1982)
  • UK
  • 85 min
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Film Review
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3 out of 5

As the director of the Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back and the concert film Monterey Pop, DA Pennebaker was the ideal person to capture the Hammersmith Odeon gig that saw David Bowie bid farewell to what still remains his most famous alter ego. The sight of Bowie and his band in full glam regalia is likely to induce more chuckles than nostalgic longing, and Pennebaker's cinéma-vérité style is often too intrusive. But there are some cracking songs on offer, notably the glorious All the Young Dudes, the Bowie-penned anthem made famous by Mott the Hoople.

Plot Summary

At the end of a successful world tour, rock star David Bowie - then adopting the flamboyant and exotic persona of "Ziggy Stardust" - announced his retirement from the stage. This final concert at the Hammersmith Odeon was filmed by DA Pennebaker, director of such 1960s rock documentaries as Don't Look Back and Monterey Pop.

Cast and crew


David Bowie / Ziggy Stardust
David Bowie


D A Pennebaker

Other Information

Available on video
Certificate PG