To mark David Bowie’s career and untimely
passing at the age of 69, we’ll share some of his
contributions to film culture with four indelible
works, screening from June 15 to 17. Please
join us, and feel free to dress up and sing along
— just don’t utter the words “Let’s Dance”! See
the back cover of RPL Film Theatre guide for film details.
Wednesday, 7:00 pm
(1986, 102 min.) 14A
Our tribute to iconic rock legend David Bowie kicks off with the screening of the cult classic Labyrinth, a darkly magical fairy tale starring Bowie as mystical Goblin King Jareth and luminous Jennifer Connelly as the young girl held spellbound by his will and his world.
Thursday, 7:00 pm
(UK/USA 1983, 97 min.) 14A
Vampirism got sexy for a generation of David Bowie fans who flocked to then commercial and music video director Tony Scott’s stylish feature debut. Catherine Deneuve and Bowie are two murderous vampire lovers who vow to remain together forever, but undead proves not to mean immortal.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Thursday, 9:00 pm
(UK 1976, 139 min.) 14A
Rock legend David Bowie is surprisingly poignant in his first feature, a hallucinatory sci-fi masterpiece about a humanoid alien who lands on earth and falls victim to commerce, excess, experimentation, and ultimately, loneliness. Digitally restored, this cut of The Man Who Fell to Earth was supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg.
Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence
Friday, 9:00 pm
(UK 2015, 145 min.) STC
“David Bowie plays a born leader in Nagisa Oshima’s ”Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” and he plays him like a born film star…In Java, in 1942, the British lieutenant colonel of the title (Tom Conti) is reunited with Jack Celliers (Bowie), a major from New Zealand whose powers of self-control and defiance know no bounds. Lawrence, who understands his Japanese captors far better than any of his comrades do, must look on in helpless understanding as they marvel at Celliers’s remarkable strength of spirit and respond to it with savagery and fear.” New York Times