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Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (1973)

This 1973 film captures the moment that David Bowie killed off his Ziggy Stardust persona - much to the surprise of the media and fans, and in fact many of Bowie's crew who were preparing for an already booked US tour scheduled for later that year.

The story goes that director D.A. Pennebaker had been asked to film just a couple of songs in the set, but when he saw the two London shows that preceded this final date he realized that "there was a full-length film here asking to be made". Perhaps it was Pennebaker's vague knowledge of Bowie's music that lent itself to a really exceptional live film as his focus was on the theatricality of the show, rather than the music itself. It's brilliance is in its simplicity, reliant as it was on one single performance rather than on multiple shows with multiple takes on the same songs to choose from.

Perhaps the most amazing this about Ziggy Stardust is that it serves as a reminder that, while Bowie is a musical genius, Mick Ronson is perhaps the real star of the show. His guitar work is just brilliant throughout and it's easy to see why Bowie relied on him for so many years.


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