See Behind-the-Scenes Shots of David Bowie Filming 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'

See Behind-the-Scenes Shots of David Bowie Filming 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'

The cult classic got a behind-the-scenes look in a new book released by Taschen.

The cult classic got a behind-the-scenes look in a new book released by Taschen.

Text: Sadie Bell

David Bowie always seemed as if he was out of this world—his ethereal talent, extra-terrestrial fashion, and natural artistry was like that of a heavenly body—so it only made sense that his starring film debut was in the 1976 cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth.

In the beloved Nicolas Roeg-directed movie based on the book of the same name written by Walter Tevis, Bowie portrayed the elusive alien Thomas Jerome Newton who descends from outer space onto Earth and subsequently falls for humanly obsessions like lust and excess. Though the glam rock artist went on to star in a number of other movies, he will always be remembered for his iconic, lustrous performance in the sci-fi flick, and now fans of the star can revisit his performance in a new photo book about the making of the film.

Taschen recently published David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth, a contemporary look at the revelatory art house classic featuring essays, interviews, and behind-the-scene shots of the musical legend on set taken by unit photographer David James. See mystical images from the new release, showing a young Bowie in costume and preparing for his role behind the camera.

Credits: Photos by David James

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