Film Quiz: David Bowie, Film Oddity

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The late David Bowie would have turned 75 this Saturday if he hadn’t succumbed to liver cancer six years ago next Monday. And while the iconic singer and musician has spent decades earning his reputation as, to quote Rolling Stone magazine, “the greatest rock star of all time,” his professional acting career as a child predates to his musical success.

Throughout his career, the man born David Robert Jones has taken on roles small and large in film between his album releases and his concert tours. Its film production may be relatively thin, but it is singular and distinctive. And it’s certainly worthy of being the subject of this week’s quiz.

1. David Bowie’s first leading role was in the 1976 Nicolas Roeg cult classic “The Man Who Fell To Earth” playing an alien crashing his ship here in search of water. Four of the stars of the sci-fi movie – Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry, and Bernie Casey – have died in four years, starting with Bowie and ending with Henry in 2020. True or False: Henry is dead on what would have was Bowie’s 73rd birthday, and two days before the fourth anniversary of his death.

2. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, and Michael Caine are the main stars of Christopher Nolan’s 2006 mystery thriller ‘The Prestige’, but Bowie is portrayed as an actual inventor and namesake of the car later played in Ethan’s films. Hawke and Nicholas Hoult. Who is he?

3. Bowie reprized his FBI agent character Phillip Jeffries from the TV show “Twin Peaks” to the prequel to the 1992 film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me”. But that’s not his only connection to director David Lynch. In 1980, Bowie was starring on Broadway in a play just as Lynch’s film version of that drama hit theaters. Name the movie.

4. What movie did Bowie play the historic Pontius Pilate hand basin in?
A. “Superstar of Jesus Christ”
B. “The Life of Brian from Monty Python”
C. “The Last Temptation of Christ”
D. “The Passion of Christ”

5. Another cult classic, this 1984 fantasy almost featured Sting, Prince, Michael Jackson or Mick Jagger before David Bowie was cast. What was the movie?

6. Among other real characters, which artist and pop culture icon Bowie played in “Basquiat” in 1996?

seven. Bowie signed on the 1978 “Just a Gigolo” flop to work with a retired female film legend, but their scenes together were shot separately and then edited to appear as if they were in the same room. Who was the actress he never played the part in this West German drama also starring Kim Novak and directed by “Blow-Up” actor David Hemmings: Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo or Mae West?

8. David Bowie was a third of an erotic vampire love triangle in 1983’s “The Hunger” alongside Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. Who was behind the camera when he made his film debut as a director, and whose next film, “Top Gun” was the highest grossing film of 1986?


9. Which of these movies DIDN’T feature David Bowie as himself?
A. “Zoolander”
B. “Bandslam”
C. “Christiane F.”
D. “The Linguini Incident”

ten. Surprisingly, David Bowie has won only one Grammy in his lifetime (four more have come posthumously) – Best Video, Short Form for “Jazzin ‘for Blue Jean”, a 20 minute music video directed by Julien Temple to promote Bowie’s single, “Blue Jean. This experience led Temple to cast Bowie in his next feature film playing the same two characters he portrayed in the video. The 1986 film, which is set in the years 1950 was a financial and critical disappointment, but – surprise, surprise – became a cult classic in the years that followed.

ANSWERS

1. True

2. Nikola Tesla

3. “The elephant man”

4. VS

5. “Labyrinth”

6. Andy warhol

seven. Marlene Dietrich

8. Tony Scott

9. D

ten. “Novices”

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