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Editor’s choice: David Bowie Is, Tuesday, September 23

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Why would you go to see a movie about a museum exhibition about a musician? Well, maybe because the exhibition, currently touring the world, isn't stopping in your town. Also maybe because the musician in question wanted very much for his music "to look like it sounds." David Bowie understood almost from the start how crucial costume, characterization and visual elements in general were to rock 'n roll stardom. (It's something to watch the shining eyes of doughy, aging Brits as they stand before the kaleidoscopic jumpsuit he wore on <em>Top of the Pops</em> in 1972.) When you learn that he was designing band costumes at 16 and providing sketches for the back of his first album, it comes as no surprise to learn that man behind Ziggy Stardust and the star of <em>The Man Who Fell to Earth</em> conceived of <em>Diamond Dogs</em> as a feature film, even to the point of drawing up storyboards. It's all part of the show. As filmed museum tours go, it's pretty engaging, full of testimonials and concert footage and zooms through throngs of frozen gawkers. But it probably helps if you're already enamored. The casual, unconverted visitor might here be tempted to regard the man and his work as a curious (space) oddity, a colorful catalyst for the music video era.

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It’s not often my editor puts in a request to use The Big Screen as a promotional tool for a personal deity. Since Mr. Nutting is kind enough to take his golden machete to my incessant textual alms to Scorsese, here’s a little love for his personal Marty, David Bowie.

David Bowie is an excellent choice, for as you will no doubt recall, he was Martin Scorsese’s personal pick to play Pontius Pilate in the masterful though ultimately smutty Biblical epic, The Last Temptation of Christ. He is also the subject of a new, non-Scorsese directed documentary, David Bowie Is, coming to theatres for one night only, September 23.

The subject heading read, “Either a post on Bowie or your brains will be splattered across The Big Screen.” He continued, “Would be worth an online mention, I think. Just to show how hep we are to the glam-rock moviegoers.”

According to the press release, “The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie Is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career.”

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A filmed exhibition — created by the Victoria and Albert Museum and filmed during the closing night gala at in London — DBI is co-directed by Hamish Hamilton (Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, The 86th Academy Awards) and Katy Mullen (producer of Dancing with the Stars and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show).

The 7 pm screenings will be held at three conveniently located venues: Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Town Square, and Reading Carmel Mountain. Admission is $20. For more information visit Reading Cinemas or Landmark Theatres.

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David Bowie Is **

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Why would you go to see a movie about a museum exhibition about a musician? Well, maybe because the exhibition, currently touring the world, isn't stopping in your town. Also maybe because the musician in question wanted very much for his music "to look like it sounds." David Bowie understood almost from the start how crucial costume, characterization and visual elements in general were to rock 'n roll stardom. (It's something to watch the shining eyes of doughy, aging Brits as they stand before the kaleidoscopic jumpsuit he wore on <em>Top of the Pops</em> in 1972.) When you learn that he was designing band costumes at 16 and providing sketches for the back of his first album, it comes as no surprise to learn that man behind Ziggy Stardust and the star of <em>The Man Who Fell to Earth</em> conceived of <em>Diamond Dogs</em> as a feature film, even to the point of drawing up storyboards. It's all part of the show. As filmed museum tours go, it's pretty engaging, full of testimonials and concert footage and zooms through throngs of frozen gawkers. But it probably helps if you're already enamored. The casual, unconverted visitor might here be tempted to regard the man and his work as a curious (space) oddity, a colorful catalyst for the music video era.

Find showtimes

It’s not often my editor puts in a request to use The Big Screen as a promotional tool for a personal deity. Since Mr. Nutting is kind enough to take his golden machete to my incessant textual alms to Scorsese, here’s a little love for his personal Marty, David Bowie.

David Bowie is an excellent choice, for as you will no doubt recall, he was Martin Scorsese’s personal pick to play Pontius Pilate in the masterful though ultimately smutty Biblical epic, The Last Temptation of Christ. He is also the subject of a new, non-Scorsese directed documentary, David Bowie Is, coming to theatres for one night only, September 23.

The subject heading read, “Either a post on Bowie or your brains will be splattered across The Big Screen.” He continued, “Would be worth an online mention, I think. Just to show how hep we are to the glam-rock moviegoers.”

According to the press release, “The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie Is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career.”

Video:

David Bowie Is

A filmed exhibition — created by the Victoria and Albert Museum and filmed during the closing night gala at in London — DBI is co-directed by Hamish Hamilton (Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show, The 86th Academy Awards) and Katy Mullen (producer of Dancing with the Stars and The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show).

The 7 pm screenings will be held at three conveniently located venues: Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, Reading Cinemas Town Square, and Reading Carmel Mountain. Admission is $20. For more information visit Reading Cinemas or Landmark Theatres.

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I'm guessing you were threatened with a Bowie Knife if you didn't run this item!

Sept. 18, 2014

Tuesday is mandated David Bowie Day in Chicago, so says our Lord Rahmbo. It coincides with the DB exhibit @ the MCA. OOOOOOH Wham Bam Thank You, Ma'am!

Sept. 22, 2014

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