Art Film File remembers David Bowie with some of his most iconic films

Every David Bowie fan has a David Bowie story. Whether it was the first glance at the ethereal cover of Aladdin Sane or his role as the formidable Prince Jareth, the Goblin King in Labyrinth, it can be agreed that Bowie touched something in all of us.

With Catherine Deneuve in "The Hunger".
With Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger”.

As a musical artist Bowie astounded, shocked, and broke every boundary imaginable. As an actor, the characters he portrayed were as different as he was versatile. From a magical otherworldly creature in “The Man Who Fell To Earth” to a beautiful aging vampire in “The Hunger”, there was always such an immense intensity present in every single one.

Art Film File (not without difficulty) put together a list of what we believe to be the most memorable David Bowie films:

  • The Man Who Fell To Earth: An alien being who crash lands on Earth on a mission to seek water for his planet, this 1976 film is a cult film for every Bowie fan and the first of his films.
  • The Hunger: Co-starring Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon, The Hunger is more love story than horror film. Deneuve and Bowie embody two beautiful vampires, whose love and passion begins to diminish amid the presence of a newer flame and the danger of mortality.
  • Labyrinth: Although technically a children’s movie, Labyrinth is a carefully crafted story of dealing with consequences and being careful with what you wish for. With the magnificent direction of Jim Henson, Bowie stars alongside Jennifer Connelly in this 1986 fairy tale gone wrong, when a young girl has to face a fierce and dark prince to get her baby brother back.
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence: Directed by Nagisa Oshima, Bowie stars in this British-Japanese drama as Major Jack Celliers, a prisoner of war in a WWII Japanese camp. Alongside three other prisoners, the men are tormented by their individual fears and dark secrets that threaten their survival.
David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell To Earth".
David Bowie in “The Man Who Fell To Earth”.


We suspect that David Bowie fans everywhere will be listening to one of his songs tonight, or watching one of his films, As Bowie himself said: “I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.”


He most definitely achieved that.

About ADRIANA DELGADO 68 Articles
Art Film File is a site for cinephiles ,who like myself, have a deep respect, love, and admiration for independent and foreign films of every era. Readers who follow Art Film File are for the most part adverse to the "Hollywood Blockbuster" theorem (although there are many good ones out there) showing instead a strong inclination to connect with films that explore topics such as life, identity and philosophy without necessarily following a neat studio-oriented narrative. In the past, much like it is now, many independent and foreign films get done many times with countless challenges. Small budgets, little or no outside funding and absence of willing distributors are some of the problems that many American and foreign independent filmmakers face regularly. Art Film File acts as a conduit in bringing these films, past and present, to the public's attention. Art Film File is also a site that displays detailed reviews about films they haven't seen as well as for films they have seen and wish to share their own views. I plan to include interviews with filmmakers and actors of indie and foreign films in addition to articles depicting topics of interest for readers who already follow Art Film File and for those waiting to discover it. Adriana Delgado Founder and Blog Manager of Art Film File

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