“Moonage Daydream”, the UFO documentary on David Bowie

Moonage Daydream the UFO documentary on David Bowie

The director invites viewers to an immersive experience, more than a biography of a pop genius, born David Robert Jones in 1947 and died 69 years later.

Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane… At the very beginning of his career, the pop icon david bowie, born David Jones in 1947, collects avatars. To use the title of a film in which he played, he was a man who came from elsewhere. His most famous character, Ziggy Stardust, hero of an album released in 1972, was he not an extraterrestrial?

In his image, the documentary Moonage Daydream, a swirling kaleidoscope of images and sounds, also seems 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, Moonage Daydream is not a simple documentary, it is a truly immersive experience.

Requested by the heirs of the star, the American Brett Morgen made a UFO film, without comments or testimonies. But he had access to an exceptional collection of archives. Brett Morgen glues together sequences, mostly largely unpublished, and organizes them by themes rather than following a chronological order.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 talks about David Jones in his art. But he invited us all to get to know each other better. Its creative space is in fact a projection space for all listeners and spectators. observes Brett Morgen.

If connoisseurs of pop genius will appreciate the archives at their fair value, Moonage Daydream is also aimed at all audiences. ” I thought of three types of audiences when making this film. Absolute David Bowie fans will be delighted by discovering bonus videos, totally unpublished archives, promises the director. Then, those who know his music will immerse themselves for two and a half hours in a more complex universe, and will learn, I think, a lot of things. And then those who don’t know the character at all will be able to receive this universal message : it is important to go in search of oneself and to live intensely the present moment. This film is a kind of useful reminder. »

Because a guideline emerges from this psychedelic millefeuille of artistic experiences: the philosophy of David Bowie. The star will have led a spiritual quest all her life, constantly reinventing herself.

To listen also, the episode of Rock Reservoir: “Wild Is The Wind”, David Bowie (1976)