Sunday, August 4, 2013
Capturing 16 numbers from the 1973 Alladin Sane UK tour, rock doc vet Pennebaker shoots straight with minimal behind-the-scenes action, and he only has eyes for Bowie (and guitarist Mick Ronson). Not even the band knew that this was to be not only the tour’s final date, but also the official retirement of Ziggy Stardust.
Cracked Actor. Alan Yentob, UK, 1975; 53m
A candid, haunting and ultra-rare documentary portrait shot during the 1974 Diamond Dogs tour featuring behind the scenes footage that reveals Bowie’s fragile mental state as well as live performances of nine songs. In 1987 Bowie commented “I was so blocked … so stoned … I'm amazed I came out of that period. When I see that now I cannot believe I survived it. I was so close to really throwing myself away physically, completely.”
Photos: MAINMAN/PENNEBAKER / THE KOBAL COLLECTION