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 age – 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.

My Favorite Nicolas Roeg Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Don’t Look Now (1973)

2.   Performance (1970)
(co-directed with Donald Camell)

3.   The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

4.   Walkabout (1971)

5.   Bad Timing (1980)

6.   Eureka (1983)

7.   Insignificance (1985)

8.   The Witches (1990)   

9.   Track 29 (1988)

10. Castaway (1986)
(no relation to the 2000 film with Tom Hanks)
(I watched it on an old VHS tape)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Aria (1987)
(Segment: “Un ballo in maschera”)
(Anthology Film)