Despite being the fatalistic story of a crash-landed alien outsider and aid mission gone disastrously wrong, the stars were very much aligned for the film's meteoric rise to cult classic status.
With director Roeg on-form after making Performance and Don't Look Now in the preceding years, and the presence of David Bowie in his first starring role, just as the performer was about to transition into his experimental and influential Berlin era, this stranger than science fiction tale was destined for its celestial spot in the oddball canon.
The film’s influence extends beyond cinema into music and was a major influence on disaffected punks and post-punks, who loved Bowie’s withdrawn alien gazing into dozens of TV sets.
The Man Who Fell to Earth returns to cinemas in a glorious 4K digital restoration for selected screenings September 2016.
Curzon Soho is excited to present a special screening of The Man Who Fell to Earth on its opening night as part of the #SaveCurzonSoho campaign. We will have special guest, May Routh - costume designer for the feature - introduce the film and DJs in the bar afterwards, playing music of and related to the eternal David Bowie.
This event took place in September 2016.
Soho played an important role in Bowie’s formative career and the albums Space Oddity, Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust were all recorded in the area.
Large areas of Soho including our beloved cinema are currently under threat of demolition.
On the same day as the re-release of The Man Who Fell To Earth, LookUp London will be hosting a special walking tour of Bowie-related sites in Soho. The tour is guided by Geoffrey Marsh, Director Of Theatre at the V&A and curator of the great 2013 David Bowie Is exhibition. The walk starts at 4.30pm, to end in time to catch The Man Who Fell to Earth at 6.30pm at Curzon Soho.