To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nicolas Roeg’s sci-fi production The Man Who Fell To Earth, the film is set to revisit theatres across the UK. As the first film to star David Bowie in a leading role, the showings will be doubly poignant following the icon’s death earlier this year.
Based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel of the same name, The Man Who Fell To Earth sees Bowie take the role of an alien seeking to save his drought ridden planet, as he crash lands onto Earth. Bowie was joined by other Hollywood names like Candy Clark and Rip Torn, and the film acquired a cult following and status. Bowie received the Saturn Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film, and his character as the humanoid extraterrestrial Thomas Jerome Newton has been incorporated into the vast lexicon of Bowie’s personas.
Ahead of the release, the original film has undergone some restoration at the hands of London based post-production company Deluxe Digital. Scans of the original negatives have undergone a 4K restoration by Deluxe, helping the decades old film stand up to modern cinema standards. The film’s original cinematographer, Anthony Richmond, approved the restoration work.
The film will open in UK theatres on September 9, and two new posters have been produced ahead of the release.
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