Film

The Man Who Fell to Earth

When: Feb. 19-21, 7:30 p.m. 2016

David Bowie was a man in the process of total collapse when he starred in Nicolas Roeg's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Bowie's growing alienation from the real world (fueled by his then-prodigious cocaine habit) informed his performance as an extraterrestrial who came to Earth so he could ship some of our abundant water back home to his desiccated planet. Disguised as an inventor of innovative technology, this alien amasses a fortune so he can afford to build the spaceship he needs to get the water home in time to save his family. But in the process he's seduced by drink, sex and television. It's a hyper-stylized film that feels not just ahead of its time, but outside of time. The Webster Film Series screens The Man Who Fell to Earth at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (February 19 through 21) at Webster University's Loretto-Hilton Center (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Tickets are $4 to $6.

Paul Friswold

Price: $4-$6

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