After premiering at Cannes Film Festival on May 23, the general public got a look inside David Bowie‘s artistic, musical, and spiritual journey in the first teaser for director Brett Morgen’s Moonage Daydream.
The film features music and performances, but also footage that has never been seen before. This documentary, which includes narration by Bowie himself, is the first film project that is officially approved and sanctioned by the Bowie estate.
The documentary was made using thousands of hours of rare footage of performances and more than 500 assets, including previously unreleased 35mm and 16mm footage, from Bowie’s library by Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen, who also directed Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015) and Jane (2017). Operating from the notion that Bowie as an artist can only be experienced rather than defined, Moonage Daydream promises to be a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.
For generations of music aficionados, David Bowie reinvented musical genres and the potential of live performances. Bowie delivered unforgettable musical albums like Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, and Station to Station, and many others while constantly pushing the frontiers of music. On January 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday, Blackstar, his 28th and final studio album, was released. Two days after the release of Blackstar, on January 10, 2016, David Bowie passed away.
The film is neither documentary nor biopic by any standards, but it travels through different eras of the artist’s career, from Ziggy Stardust to Mr. Rice’s Secret—the film he starred in in 1998. The official trailer describes it as:
“MOONAGE DAYDREAM is an immersive cinematic experience; an audio-visual space odyssey that not only illuminates the enigmatic legacy of David Bowie but also serves as a guide to living a fulfilling and meaningful life in the 21st Century. MOONAGE DAYDREAM is not a documentary. It is a genre-defying cinematic experience based on one of the most iconic and global rock stars of all time, destined to be one of the defining cultural moments of the year.”
It is undeniable that the artist’s body of work, his impact on several industries, including music, art, film, fashion and theater, as well as his legacy of creativity and reinvention, will endure forever and though he will not be forgotten, we will always welcome more movies about his life and legacy.
The film is set to premiere on HBO and HBO Max in the spring of 2023.
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