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‘Stardust’ Review: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music

‘Stardust’ Review: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music
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‘Stardust’ Review: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music

‘Stardust’ Evaluation: A Week With David Bowie, Unaccompanied by His Music

This movement image, wherein an unusually coiffed performer, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, sings some Jacques Brel songs, purports to be a narrative about David Bowie.

It’s known as “Stardust,” and the director, Gabriel Vary, who wrote the film with Christopher Bell, opted to press on, even after he was denied permission to make use of Bowie’s songs. They may not have helped a lot, nevertheless.

The film expands on an attention-grabbing anecdote from Bowie’s profession: his first journey to the USA within the early ’70s, a radio and print publicity jaunt with a publicist, whose household briefly entertained Bowie as a houseguest.

Right here, the publicist, Ron Oberman, performed by Marc Maron, is the one Yankee believer in Bowie’s otherworldly expertise. He drops, clumsily, a number of aperçus which, on this film’s world, show key to Bowie’s future celebrity personae. (Inspirational dialogue: “A rock star or anyone impersonating a rock star, what’s the distinction?”)

Bowie is portrayed by Johnny Flynn, a real-life musician who seems succesful. However he resembles Bowie — in James Thurber’s phrase — about as a lot because the MGM lion resembles Calvin Coolidge.

Essentially the most bearable scenes of this road-trip-plus-flashbacks resemble “The Finish of the Tour” refracted by means of an episode of the podcast “WTF With Marc Maron.” The portrayal of Bowie is attempting to the viewer. His character is both a stumbling, fumbling, fawn-eyed house cadet or an articulate, erudite conversationalist, relying on Vary’s whim.

In a scene depicting a marital spat, his spouse, Angie Bowie, (Jena Malone) yells, “We have been alleged to be king and queen!” (anticipating “Heroes,” a tune that was years away). You may’t make these items up.

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Not rated. Operating time: 1 hour 49 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to hire or purchase on Google Play, Vudu and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please seek the advice of the rules outlined by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.

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