Earlier this week, a Sky Arts investigation said david bowie the most influential British artist in all media over the past 50 years. He had a profound influence on an incredibly diverse range of art, including musical genres such as rock, pop, glam rock, grunge, punk rock, K-Pop, ambient music and even music. video game soundtracks, other aspects of culture like gender, sexuality, fashion, music videos, performance art, and more.
In 1972, Bowie became one of the first major public figures in the United States to openly state that he was gay (clarifying in 1976 that he was, in fact, bisexual). His performances often blur the lines between masculinity and femininity, and he caused controversy by wearing dresses in publicity photos and on the UK cover of his 1971 album. The man who sold the world – half a century before Harry Styles was declared a revolutionary for doing something similar.
Given his monumental legacy and Hollywood’s recent obsession with artist biopics, David Bowie is a natural next target to receive the feature film treatment. Walk in Lunar Reverie, the first film officially authorized by Bowie’s estate. It’s not a traditional biopic but rather a documentary, narrated by Bowie himself. It features never-before-seen archival footage to take audiences on a journey through his impressive life and career. Leading the project is documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen, whose other music documentary, Kurt Cobain: Editing Heck, received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Here’s what we know about the movie so far.
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Based on film reviews by Lunar Reveriepremiering at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, it’s hard to sum up the film’s content. Critic Robert Daniels of RogerEbert describes it as “an explosive, over-stimulating, poignant, life-affirming, risk-taking summary of the artist’s ethos and maturation as a person”. Corey Seymour from vogue calls it “a gloriously immersive kaleidoscopic examination not so much of Bowie’s life here on earth, but of the life he lived in his head and heart, which led him to create his art”.
Siddhant Adlakha of IndieWire says it’s “more of a sensory experience than just a narrative” and that the film “is about navigating your way through a chaotic world with Ziggy Stardust as your anchor”. The film appears to examine Bowie’s entire career, which spanned six decades and twenty-six studio albums. Rather than being told in a traditional documentary style, however, it will be guided by Bowie’s own narration and perhaps focus more on its own conceptual journey.
As you would expect from someone rolling stone the magazine called the “greatest rock star of all time”, Bowie had a checkered life. His first breakthrough in his career was “Space Oddity”, written in 1969 as a pessimistic critique of the United States’ mission to land astronauts on the moon. Released to coincide with the actual moon landing, the song became a radio hit, and the BBC even featured it on their TV coverage of the actual event. Following this, Bowie became a major star in the early 1970s with his fictional Mars rockstar persona Ziggy Stardust. However, the second half of the decade did not treat him so well, as he was devastated by the realization that his manager had stolen his money and was battling a serious drug addiction. Eventually Bowie moved to Berlin to escape and rediscover himself, and here he underwent a period of artistic experimentation that exemplifies his entire career. Although the 1970s were the most explosive years of his life, he steadily released albums over the next four decades.
Other major events in Bowie’s life include the suicide of his mentally ill brother Terry in 1986 (about which he wrote the song “Jump They Say”, and which had a tragic resonance that inspired many many other musicians, including Lana Del Rey with her song “Terrence Loves You”), her marriage to model and fashion designer Iman in 1992, and her eventual death from liver cancer in 2016, two days after the release of his last album Black Star on his 69th birthday.
Bowie has been called a chameleon for his extremely varied talent. With nearly every album, he tackled a new genre of music, often completely redefining it all at once, other times inventing new genres from cover to cover and moving on as if hadn’t even noticed it. It was Bowie’s heart, struggling with an ever-changing identity that left him horrified at the thought of being forced into one artistic genre or medium and even more horrified that he might have inherited the schizophrenia from her mother.
For all of these reasons, a traditional biopic that recounts significant events in his life like a rote checklist simply fails to capture who the artist was – and why such a hectic, giddy, sensory odyssey, as the tape shows. -announcement of the film, would be the best way to capture David Bowie as an artist/persona and as a human, whose real name was David Jones.
The release date of Lunar Reverie is September 16, 2022. It is distributed by NEON, the renowned publishing house whose films have won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or, three times in the last four years. Director Brett Morgen was granted access to the complete archive of the Bowie estate, which includes five million items – from paintings, drawings and diaries, to original musical recordings, photographs and films. Morgen spent four years digging through the project’s archives. Longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti will also produce the film’s score.
Everything else we know
Critical reviews of the film are universally positive. It currently holds a 93% on RottenTomatoes ahead of its wide release, with most reviews in the 9 or 10 range. , a bisexual rockstar alien from Mars who comes to Earth to save it from an impending apocalypse.