Moonage Daydream

Documentary, Music Rated: PG-13 135 min

Anyone who loves David Bowie’s music or is fascinated by the fearless artistic chameleon needs to experience this fever dream how it was intended. And what better way is there to take in Bowie’s sound and vision than in a theater? Although Brian Eno makes a brief appearance, you won’t spot Nile Rodgers or even Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime collaborator who produced the film’s soundtrack. They are there in the music and in the credits, of course. But this film, deftly written, directed and edited by Brett Morgen, is unequivocally about celebrating Bowie the artist, writer, visionary, and human. Bowie narrates as if back from the dead. Did he ever really leave?

“Brett Morgen’s new film about David Bowie is less a biography than a séance. Instead of plodding through the chronology of Bowie’s life and career, Morgen conjures the singer’s presence through an artful collage of concert footage and other archival material that resonates with some of his ideas about time, consciousness and the universe. He is not so much the subject of the film as its animating spirit.” — A. O. Scott, The New York Times
directed by
Brett Morgen
written by
Brett Morgen
David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, David Jones)
Germany, United States