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.
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.
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.