David Bowie, incorporeal but tangible on screen
When I heard the news of Bowie’s passing, I realized that he had two distinct movie presences: One on the soundtrack, the other on the screen.
To quantify the importance of each, I compiled a playlist from the movies and how his music served the characters. And then I imagined how I would put together a clip reel of his films to better understand what he represented in the popular imagination.
And this is what I came up with. Musically, he represented personal transformation. As an actor, he played characters off the time/space/sex continuum, with a sideline in sorcery and temptation. Can you think of better musicals cues or movie scenes?