The Man Who Fell to Earth

Close encounters of the whacked-out kind.

David Bowie self-destructs quite elegantly in this haunting tale of an ET corrupted by the inhabitants of the water-rich planet he’s visiting.

He’s come to save his own home, which is in the midst of an epic drought, but falls victim to the lure of television, alcohol, and sex.

Harassed by the government, which kidnaps him, then pokes and prods him into oblivion, our man from the stars grows increasingly melancholy as Nicolas Roeg’s film unwinds.

Dreamy and trippy, this is a beautiful bummer, proof not all alien invader movies are the same.

 

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