What David Bowie's Turn As A Sci-Fi Star Can Teach Us About Grief
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In 1976, British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg directed the cult science-fiction film "The Man Who Fell to Earth."
The movie, based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel of the same name, tells the story of Thomas Jerome Newton, a human-like extraterrestrial who, in a search for water for his drought-riddled home planet, finds himself tragically marooned on Earth.
In one of the most fated casting choices in cinematic history, the starring role went to the late David Bowie, the musician who rose to fame on the wings of a song dubbed "Space Oddity" and would go on to adopt the mythic pseudonym, Ziggy Stardust.
"Bowie, slender, elegant, remote, evokes this alien so successfully that one could say, without irony, this was a role he was born to play," Roger Ebert wrote in 2011. As a result, critics like Joshua Rothkopf called the film "the most intellectually provocative genre film of the 1970s."
As Newton, Bowie acts out the travails of a hyper-intelligent being transitioning from doomed t
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