History YMMV / TheManWhoFellToEarth

17th Jul '17 10:51:19 AM ClintEastwood
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* RealitySubtext: Bowie was addicted to cocaine and other illicit substances at this point in his life, so seeing him play a character who falls under the sway of substance abuse has this trope written all over it (indeed, the filmmakers were aware of this). Perhaps fittingly his albums ''Station to Station'' (1976, recorded at the lowest point of his addiction) and ''Low'' (1977, the first album of the "Berlin Trilogy" that unfolded as he gradually emerged from it) got their cover art from photos of him here. As well, the look and to a lesser extent personality of his Thin White Duke stage persona for the former album and tour was adapted from his work here.
* ReclusiveArtist: Newton definitely counts--he rarely goes out in public and leaves the day to day operations of the company to Farnsworth. {{Justified}} as he wants to escape detection ("My life is not secret, but it is private.").
9th Jul '17 3:25:53 PM nombretomado
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** Also, the random shots of Thomas and Mary-Lou looking into the camera with vacant expressions (FlightOfTheConchords referenced these when their song "Bowie" was visualized for their TV show).

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** Also, the random shots of Thomas and Mary-Lou looking into the camera with vacant expressions (FlightOfTheConchords (Music/FlightOfTheConchords referenced these when their song "Bowie" was visualized for their TV show).
9th May '17 9:24:20 PM Ezclee4050
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* HilariousInHindsight: Bowie as a MessianicArchetype, since he went on to play [[Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist Pontius Pilate]].
8th Jan '17 11:23:24 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: The infamous "gun sex" scene, where [[spoiler:Newton and Mary-Lou have sex while firing a gun filled with blanks at each other.]]
5th Dec '16 2:52:27 PM Ezclee4050
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* ObviousJudas: Given his intelligence and general sleaziness, it's pretty clear once Nathan starts working for Thomas that he's eventually going to figure out his secret and use it against him, but the film keeps you guessing on how exactly it will happen.
19th Jan '16 2:34:13 PM margdean56
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* UncannyValley: What happens when you cast David Bowie as a waif-like alien visitor. Even in his human disguise, the long black coat and hat that Thomas arrived in are... not ''quite'' right for the context. When we first see him, he's disguised as human, but his thinness and clothes him look like a scarecrow, which serves to remind the audience visually of Thomas' otherworldly origin.

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* UncannyValley: What happens when you cast David Bowie as a waif-like alien visitor. Even in his human disguise, the long black coat and hat that Thomas arrived in are... not ''quite'' right for the context. When we first see him, he's disguised as human, but his thinness and clothes make him look like a scarecrow, which serves to remind the audience visually of Thomas' otherworldly origin.
19th Jan '16 2:33:28 PM margdean56
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* ReclusiveArtist: Newton definitely counts-he rarely goes out in public and leaves the day to day operations of the company to Farnsworth. {{Justified}} as he wants to escape detection ("My life is not secret, but it is private.").

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* ReclusiveArtist: Newton definitely counts-he counts--he rarely goes out in public and leaves the day to day operations of the company to Farnsworth. {{Justified}} as he wants to escape detection ("My life is not secret, but it is private.").
19th Jan '16 2:31:12 PM margdean56
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* {{Moe}}: Music/DavidBowie's character was this long before it was trendy. Newton also inspires copious amounts of "perverse asexual cuddlelust"; [[BlessedWithSuck torture scenes and general bad luck]] aside, he emotes such an intense vulnerability-in every scene-that one is filled with the need to protect him...

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* {{Moe}}: Music/DavidBowie's character was this long before it was trendy. Newton also inspires copious amounts of "perverse asexual cuddlelust"; [[BlessedWithSuck torture scenes and general bad luck]] aside, he emotes such an intense vulnerability-in vulnerability--in every scene-that scene--that one is filled with the need to protect him...
30th Oct '15 10:55:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* WTHCastingAgency: The U.K. trailer warned in voice over "Nothing you have seen or heard about Music/DavidBowie can prepare you for the impact of his first dramatic role in ''TheManWhoFellToEarth''." After all, to see an incredibly vibrant and theatrical personality playing an almost emotionless alien ''would'' be a surprise...but it worked out quite well for him. Film critics generally vote this or ''MerryChristmasMrLawrence'' as his best film work, at least as a lead.

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* WTHCastingAgency: The U.K. trailer warned in voice over "Nothing you have seen or heard about Music/DavidBowie can prepare you for the impact of his first dramatic role in ''TheManWhoFellToEarth''." After all, to see an incredibly vibrant and theatrical personality playing an almost emotionless alien ''would'' be a surprise...but it worked out quite well for him. Film critics generally vote this or ''MerryChristmasMrLawrence'' ''Film/MerryChristmasMrLawrence'' as his best film work, at least as a lead.
26th Oct '15 3:48:35 AM Ezclee4050
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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Newton as a Christ figure (plus Mary-Lou=Mary Magadalene and Bryce=Judas) is a popular interpretation, even though [[spoiler:Newton doesn't die]]. There's also lots of talk about the story as a critique of American materialism.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Newton as a Christ figure (plus Mary-Lou=Mary Magadalene Magdalene and Bryce=Judas) is a popular interpretation, even though [[spoiler:Newton doesn't die]]. There's also lots of talk about the story as a critique of American materialism.
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