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CSDF 2022: Moonage Daydream review ★★★★★

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This mesmerizing kaleidoscopic college incorporating every aspect of Davie Bowie’s both personal and professional life is one of a kind cinematic experience. The film was shown as part of Scotland Central Documentary Film Festival and the life contains multiple shots of the archive footage, recorded studio, live shows both audio and video, dismantling songs all put together as musical trademark encapsulating one big collage that attempts to capture Bowie’s essence – his artistic soul. 

Moonage Daydream, directed by Brett Morgan is a documentary reflecting on David Bowie’s music that remains the most truthful to Bowie’s integrity in regards to himself as an individual and his area of artistry. He reflects on the following idea towards the end of the film that best encapsulates his philosophy, as he says: “always remember that the reason you initially started working that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could if to manifest in some way you would understand more about yourself and how you coexist within the society.”

Anyone who is familiar with his music knows how Bowie was always going a little further out of the depth of his artistry, as he never intended to please any specific crowd or general expectations. He knew the longer he stays in his comfort zone, he will never be able to create something new that will push his music in a direction that is authentic to his soul.

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This documentary is an ode to his artistry and his soul that understands by constant learning and evolving identities within one human body is his way of manifesting his musical and performative creativity. That is the main reason why not just people who are his beloved fans loved this, but also people who understand the importance by observing an artist that is truthful to constantly grow his evolving creativity in music will most likely absolutely enjoy this film.

The film uses all the footage in a way that even when several shots are blurry and the sound is not clear in spite of that it still manages to prove that the production level of the documentary is not what will move the audiences. But rather showing Bowie’s spiritual, creative and musical journey in a way that emphasizes the metaphysical and philosophical essence of his being that encompasses experimental elements of the film such as extraordinary animation, visual effects, sound design etc. It is also argued this documentary is a “cinematic religious experience” that is provocative and packed with audiovisual chaos.

The next screening is on the 28th of December in Glasgow Film Theatre at 17:15 pm.

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