The Man Who Fell to Earth is a sci fi film in the same sense as Sans Soleil (1983) is. It's focus is not on the strangeness of the future or of other aliens, but rather how strange our own plant is, our own culture, our on lives. We are born with incredible powers, insights, intelligence, talents... but most of us waist them away or give up half way through.
We are in fact all aliens to each other and…
Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
One of Nick Roeg specialities was directing pop/rock stars. Mick Jagger in Performance (1970), David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Art Garfunkel in this film. All of these performances are brilliant. We are not watching pop/rock stars acting (as in so many other films), but rather characters in the story.
I guess I'm not spoiling much when I say that this is not your classical love story. We see that…
Béla Tarr is a hit and miss with me. This is, IMO, his best film. Simplicity becomes him! We have everything from a Béla Tarr film here, the wind, things blowing all over the place, long takes, beautiful black and white cinematography, dirty people, even dirtier animals, repetition of things, filmed from a different view, hopelessness and a dystopian world. Here Tarr's style works perfectly for the story.
There are going to be SPOILERS from here on!!!
What we have…
I just saw The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover again or as I would call it, The Church, The Devil, Mankind and Jesus Christ.
There are probably many ways to look at and read The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover but one of the most obvious one has to be a religious interpretation.
Through out the film a young boy with blond hair, who looks like a Cherub, sings verses from Psalm 51, where sins are…