L’uomo che cadde sulla Terra (film di Nicolas Roeg del 1976)

Tratto dall’omonimo romanzo di Walter Tevis, L’UOMO CHE CADDE SULLA TERRA è un film di fantascienza diretto da Nicolas Roeg e con protagonista David Bowie.

Uscito nel 1976, narra la vicenda di Thomas Jerome Newton, un vagabondo con passaporto britannico, che si reca nel Kentucky per vendere una fede d’oro. Nel frattempo intrattiene rapporti d’affari con uno specialista di brevetti industriali di nome Oliver Farnsworth. Newton subisce un incidente e viene accudito da Mary-Lou, una cameriera dell’albergo in cui risiede e tra i 2 nasce del tenero. Newton sembra però nascondere delle stranezze che mettono paura e curiosità a Mary-Lou. Entrambi si trasferiscono in una casa sul lago e di lì a poco il paesaggio rigoglioso diverrà arido e popolato da alieni dalla forma umana probabili parenti di Newton. Il rapporto tra i 2 amanti comincia a diventare sempre più complicato e l’alieno soffre di allucinazioni che gli fanno vedere cose davvero bizzarre. Più in là Newton decide di mostrare alla donna il suo reale aspetto ed in seguito arriverà il momento di separarsi, anche perché Newton diverrà oggetto di interesse scientifico. Si andrà avanti fin quando Mary-Lou sarà invecchiata e presa dalla nostalgia per il suo curioso amore.

Film psichedelico poco celebrato dal pubblico, l’opera cinematografica di Roeg è un concentrato di mistero, fantasy e scene a tratti spinte.

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