28 September 2008
Cracked Actor + Palais de Tokyo

Palais de Tokyo in Paris is showing a super obscure Bowie documentary from the 70's called Cracked Actor.

"Cracked Actor is a 53-minute-long BBC television documentary film about the pop star David Bowie. It was filmed in 1974, at a time when Bowie was a popular and commercial success. He had also become addicted to drugs, including cocaine, and the documentary has become notorious for showing Bowie's fragile mental state during this period. It was made by Alan Yentob for the BBC's Omnibus documentary strand, and was first shown, on BBC2 in the UK, on January 26, 1975."

Read the full Wiki entry here. Also, checkout the film's listing on IMDB, where one comment says it's an amazing look at Bowie that you'll see nowhere else and that copies of it are hard to come by. Perhaps this showing at Palais de Tokyo will spark the BBC to release a version for wider distribution.

Don't forget this page on a fansite with excerpts of the interviews with Bowie during filming.

Alan Yentob: How much of Ziggy's death have to do with his own personality or with the circumstances in which he existed or with the...?

David Bowie: Yeah, it was... really it was his own personality being unable to cope with the circumstances he found himself in which is being an almighty prophet-like superstar rocker who found he didn't know what to do with it once he got it. Which is… it's an archetype really, it's the definitive rock 'n' roll star. It often happens and I was just trying to document it as such.

Check it out on 10.16.08 at 7:30pm. Seating is limited and I'm sure it will fill up fast!

I just found this: (it's 5 parts from the documentary on YouTube)

1. Cracked Actor 1/5
2. Cracked Actor 2/5
3. Cracked Actor 3/5
4. Cracked Actor 4/5
5. Cracked Actor 5/5

You can find lots more Bowie videos on a fan's YouTube page. Enjoy!

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