Above: UK one sheet for The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976). Designed and portrayed by Vic Fair.
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David Bowie, that left our planet this week, showed up in some 20 movies, but his appearances on movie posters are minimal to just a handful of films. Many type of of his functions, particularly in later on years, were cameos or little, but considerable, character components. He memorably played Pontius Pilate in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat (1996), and also Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006); he appeared as himself in movies as varied as Christiane F. (1981), Zoolander (2001) and Bandslam (2009); and also he was endearingly stselection as an FBI agent in the opening section of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk via Me (1992).
His most vital and also iconic film function by much is his starring function as the titular alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)—a duty you can’t imagine any various other actor playing also though it has been said that Mick Jagger, Robert Redford and writer Michael Crichton (who was an unworldly 6 foot 10) were considered for the part. The UK poster (above) designed and portrayed by the good British poster artist Vic Fair is the best known. In an excellent interview via Fair on the poster blog Film on Paper, which calls the poster “an absolute classical and...arguably among the best British posters of all time,” Fair says:
"I wasn’t given a brief for that one, yet I remember working amethod on it and Eddie Paul, a designer friend who functioned at FEREF, observed it and told me that he was functioning on something very equivalent – rival agencies would frequently be asked to work on concepts for the very same film – so that made me double my initiatives and also I actually completed the architecture in one night! The composition of the shapes was important to me. The just thing I don’t really prefer about it is the number that’s dropping down at the bottom and also I have to have enhanced on that, really."
Sidenote: The typeconfront that Fair developed for the poster was offered a couple of years later in the logo for Iron Maiden.
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Bowie’s initially major film was D.A. Pennebaker’s 1973 concert film of Bowie’s last concert as Ziggy Stardust.