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The director invites viewers to an immersive experience, more than a biography of a pop genius, born as David Robert Jones in 1947 and deceased 69 years later.
Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane… At the beginning of his career, the pop icon David Bowie, born David Jones in 1947, collects avatars. To use the title of a movie he acted in, he was a man from somewhere else. His most famous character, Ziggy Stardust, hero of an album released in 1972, wasn’t he an alien?
In his image, the documentary Moon Age Reverie, a spinning kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, also appears to come from space. ” Dissecting the life of David Bowie, interviewing specialists on a dark background, that really wouldn’t have been the experience I wanted to offer. “, explains its director Brett Morgen. And in fact, Moon Age Reverie it is not a simple documentary, it is a truly immersive experience.
At the request of the star’s heirs, the American Brett Morgen made a UFO film, without comment or testimony. But he had access to an exceptional collection of archives. Brett Morgen stitches together sequences, most of which have never been seen before, and organizes them by theme rather than in chronological order. ” It couldn’t have been a “Bowie by Bowie” movie. I delivered my version of his music, which for me is enigmatic, sublime and intimate. I don’t think David Bowie is talking about David Jones in his art. But he invited us all to get to know each other better. His creative space is in fact a projection space for all listeners and viewers. observes Brett Morgen.
If connoisseurs of the genius of pop appreciate the archives at their fair value, Moon Age Reverie It is also aimed at all audiences. ” I thought of three types of audiences when making this film. Absolute David Bowie fans will be delighted to discover bonus videos, totally unreleased files, the manager promises. So, those who know his music will immerse themselves for two and a half hours in a more complex universe, and will learn, I think, many things. And then those who don’t know the character at all will be able to get this universal message. : it is important to go in search of oneself and live the present moment intensely. This movie is kind of a helpful reminder. »
Because from this psychedelic strudel of artistic experiences a pattern emerges: David Bowie’s philosophy. The star will have carried out a spiritual search all his life, constantly reinventing himself.
► To also listen, the Rock Reservoir episode: “Wild Is The Wind”, David Bowie (1976)