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. Released nearly a decade after the event, 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

DA Pennebaker's documentary chronicling David Bowie's legendary 1973 concert at Hammersmith Odeon, when he performed for the last time in the guise of glam-rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Songs include Changes, Time, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide and Oh! You Pretty Things.

Cast and crew

Crew

Director
D A Pennebaker

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video
Certificate PG
Categories
Documentary

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