Beautifully shot; fantastic performance
I finally saw this movie for the first time, just a few minutes ago.... I was totally blown away! David Bowie is wonderful in this concert, and you could tell that he was so very "into it"; he also looked a little sad at times, probably because it was his last concert as Ziggy Stardust. I think he really does connect with the audience- the audience seemed to be just as engaged as he... everyone seemed to be on the same wavelength. His interpretation of "My death" was absolutelty mesmerizing; it is surely the best live performance of a song of all time (for me, at least!) Also, his peformance of "Space oddity" was really other-worldly, and "Cracked actor' was real solid. I only wish he would have sung "Wild-eyed boy from freecloud" in its entirety before singing "All the young dudes", as it is one of my favourite songs. Also, I wish they would have included his performance of "Around and Around" and "The jean genie" in the movie. Nevertheless, I loved the way it was filmed! Especially the close-ups during "My death", and the 360 degree shots during "Space oddity". And I loved how some parts were grainy, it looked like there were sparkles on the film. Pennebaker's shooting style I find very original, and it does give this concert a sort of surreal and timeless atmosphere... and you never want it to end! I just wish I was there!!!
I don't want realism. I want magic!