David Bowie It was always larger than life. Whether it’s his incredible and colorful outfits, his idiosyncratic personality, or his unforgettable music, it’s safe to herald Bowie as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, which means a personality as elusive yet impressive as Bowie calls for a documentary. that he can capture all the immeasurable qualities of him and then some. enter filmmaker Brett Morganit is fascinating Moon Age Reveriean epic documentary that promises to deliver on all of Bowie’s eccentricities without dishonoring the myth behind the legend.
Moonage Daydream is an explosive mix of previously unseen archive footage of Bowie and live concert footage. It is also the first documentary about David Bowie authorized by his estate. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising the film for its offbeat and experimental structure.
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Morgen had been developing Moonage Daydream for at least four years and announced the film in 2021. Morgen received exclusive permission from the Bowie Estate to develop the film, the first filmmaker to receive such massive exposure to Bowie’s enormous litany of work. Morgen was granted unprecedented access to five million items belonging to Bowie, including paintings, drawings, recordings, photographs, films, and diaries. Morgen worked closely with Tony Visconti in the supervision of all these never-before-published materials. Visconti served as Bowie’s music producer for years, giving Morgen personal insight into Bowie’s professional life.
Morgen best exemplifies Bowie’s approach to life, which included taking bits and pieces of the life around him, such as art, family, and politics, and using them to create his own existence. Morgen’s documentary uses that same approach, taking bits and pieces of Bowie’s life and using them to create the ultimate cinematic experience. In that sense, Morgen eschews the typical “music biographical documentary” approach. This makes Moonage Daydream the perfect cinematic experience for the big screen, where images and music intertwine for sensory overload. Morgen surprises you with rare behind-the-scenes footage from Bowie concerts, then rattles your speakers with pulsing music from Bowie’s discography. It’s an experience tailor-made for the huge IMAX screen.
There are many reasons to see Moonage Daydream on the big screen. For one thing, Morgen lets several of Bowie’s concerts play in almost their entirety. He creates a cacophony of swirling emotions from Bowie’s live musical performances, creating an almost continuous montage of sights and sounds that explode from start to finish. Morgen connects all the different periods of Bowie’s life in a way that shows immense respect for the musician. It shouldn’t work the way it does, but even with its slightly repetitive nature, Moonage Daydream never feels redundant or boring. Like David Bowie himself, it’s larger than life in the best possible way.
Moonage Daydream was released in theaters on September 16, 2022. Here’s how to watch the movie.
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Is Moonage Daydream streaming online?
Moonage Daydream is expected to premiere on HBO MAX sometime in the spring of 2023.
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Moonage Daydream is currently playing in select IMAX theaters across the country. It will be available in IMAX until September 23, 2022. After that, it will leave IMAX theaters, but will continue to be available in theaters in most major American cities.
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What is Moonage Daydream about?
The official synopsis for Moonage Daydream reads:
MOONAGE DAYDREAM: A cinematic odyssey exploring Bowie’s creative, spiritual and musical journey. From the visionary mind of Brett Morgen, Moonage Daydream features captivating, never-before-seen footage and performances spanning David Bowie’s 54-year career. The film features 40 exclusively remastered Bowie songs and is the first film authorized by the Bowie Estate, with local access to the artists’ archives.
Neon released the first trailer for Moonage Daydream on May 23, 2022. The trailer set the tone for the documentary, beginning with a mysterious figure walking down a hallway with an ominous voiceover describing what could only be Mr. David Bowie. As the voiceover ends, an announcer asks, “Are you there, David Bowie?” It is then that we first see Bowie, as footage of Bowie’s concerts and other appearances moves in rapid succession with audio clips of Bowie over the decades. It’s a riveting teaser trailer that hints at a bold cinematic documentary that promises to unmistakably match Bowie’s larger-than-life personality.
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Amy – Directed by asif kapadya, this 2015 British documentary covers the life of Amy Winehouse and her struggle with substance abuse. Kapadia conducted more than 100 interviews with Winehouse’s family and close friends. The documentary takes a tender but honest look at Winehouse as an artist and as a human being who lived through a lot of pain, but also with a lot of joy. The documentary also includes several previously unreleased tracks that Winehouse had completed before her death in 2011. Similar to Moonage Daydream, Amy is an unprecedented and deeply personal look at Winehouse’s life from her struggles to her victories.
What happened, Miss Simone? – Directed by liz garbusWhat happened, Miss Simone? is a 2015 American documentary about the musician Nina Simone. The documentary chronicles Simone’s life, from her time as a civil rights activist to her incredible career as a singer and musician. The documentary also features previously unseen archive footage of Simone, which shares a clear similarity to Moonage Daydream. It’s a deeply personal look at one of the most renowned and powerful musicians of all time. What happened, Miss Simone? was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 88th Academy Awards.
Cobain: Montage of Devils – Directed by Brett Morgan. Moonage Daydream is not the first time Morgen has explored the inner life of a famous musician. Cobain: Montage of Heck is a 2015 American documentary that delves into the personal life of Kurt Cobain. The documentary explores nearly every facet of Cobain’s life, from his birth in 1967 to his rise to fame as the leader of Nirvana. If Moonage Daydream and Montage of Heck have anything in common, it’s Morgen’s fond love for deconstructing famous icons. In both movies, Morgan takes these larger-than-life mythical figures and makes them feel real and human.