Moviedrome Mondays: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Below I posted a youtube video link that I found of Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox introducing the late great director Nicolas Roeg’s (who sadly passed away last year) 1976 cult science-fiction drama The Man Who Fell to Earth to go along with the obligatory transcript (read here). The episode’s original airdate was August 21, 1988 (read here). Not much to say here except that I agree with everything that Cox says about Roeg’s films – like a fine wine, his films improve with ageΒ – is perhaps the highest compliment that he pays to them. Despite calling him not only the most interesting, but the best of the British director working at that time (read here), I think he always ranked the other late great British filmmaker Ken Russell much higher (read here). Nevertheless, Cox’s statements about the former were said in 88, whereas his words on the latter were written in 2011 when Russell died. If any of you readers are interested in reading my list of my favorite Nicolas Roeg films, read here.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Man Who Fell to Earth. P.S. I do not know If the audio or quality is a little-off, but I personally feel that this youtube video link is in fine quality.

This youtube video link may be the film’s U.S. trailer

This youtube video link may be either another U.S. trailer for the film or it’s UK trailer (not sure though)

This is a youtube video link to the Big Audio Dynamite song (E=MC2) that pays homage to some of Nicolas Roeg’s films – Cox briefly mentions it in his intro.

7 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

  1. I do agree with Alex Cox in his introduction that Roeg’s films demand multiple viewings. At first they can be hard to follow, or maybe that’s me, but if you persist you will be rewarded. Like a fine wine they improve with age.

  2. As a huge fan of Bowie, I went to see this on release in the cinema. I was already a fan of Roeg, after ‘Don’t look Now’, and ‘Walkabout’. The Bowie film was very surreal, and I didn’t really get it at the time. After seeing it again when I was older, I was able to appreciate it much more.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Haven’t seen this film, John. I probably won’t. I’m not a fan of Roeg, at leas what I’ve seen from him. But I’m not approaching it objectively. Objectively, Roeg is a superb director.

  4. I think one of the reasons Roeg’s films demand multiple viewings lies in editing. For instance, sometimes a scene will cut to another scene that feels like a flashback or dream sequence and it might be rooted in how people’s brains work in the real world. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  5. I hear ya πŸ™‚ Roeg’s films not only improve with age (as Cox implied), but the multiple viewings helps the viewer appreciate it more than one did before. Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

  6. Yeah, I do remember your thoughts on Don’t Look Now last year, so you probably will not be seeing this film anytime soon πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

    BTW, last year on this day (July 22, those last year it fell on a Sunday), we were doing our blog entry concerning the films of Joel and Ethan Coen πŸ™‚

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