In this movie, David Bowie represents a rock star who comes from space, as his planet suffered a drought and came to Earth searching for water. Find out more interesting facts about this classic that made history, as Cinefile put together a small list with things every cinephile would love to know.
Bowie Born to Play The Role
The main part is so well represented by Bowie with his physical characteristics that we could say he was born to play Thomas Jerome Newton, the alien. The film has a few special effects, but Bowie’s interpretation was exquisite.
Although he is a rockstar, he performed like a professional actor and enhanced the experience for film watchers.
Thomas Became a Millionaire
Thomas the alien lands in a remote lake and from there he enters the city cautiously and sells some gold rings to have money. This helped him hire a patent attorney for the contraptions he made to commercialize, as he had to build a spaceship designed to transport water to his planet.
The attorney’s name is Farnsworth, played by Buck Henry. He establishes World Enterprise Corp. through which Thomas earnt so much money he became a millionaire.
He Was a Loner
Thomas’ country is desolate, the clothes of its inhabitants made of a plastic fabric made to hold bodily fluids and stay isolated from other people. Thus, Thomas was mostly alone and only communicated with Farnsworth by phone while staying at a motel.
A Woman Shows him Earthly Pleasures
Thomas meets a young woman named Mary Lou and starts an adventure with her. She introduces him to television and gin. The alien ends up liking them so much he becomes addicted to both and watches multiple channels at the same time.
The Alien Becomes too Human
Thomas tries not to act strangely, but his goal of bringing water to his planet seems to be disappearing due to excess gin and a lot of television which makes him too human. We cannot see clearly what feelings he has towards Mary-Lou. He is more of a dreamer than a go-getter, as he isn’t very goal-driven.
Finding a science fiction movie with a few special effects and more focus on characters is very difficult nowadays. This is a great work by director Nicolás Roeg that came from a great streak with “Performance” his first film in 1970, “Walkabout” in 1971, “Don’t Look Now” in 1973 voted the best British film of all time.
The man who fell to earth is a film about stereotypes from 1976, and had a relaunch in 2011. It truly is a film not to be missed.