Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 19: Wed Jan 19

Baal (Clarke, 1982): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6pm

This presentation, which includes an extended introduction by Adrian Wootton, is part of the David Bowie season at BFI Southbank. Full details here

BFI introudction: David Bowie was undoubtedly attracted by this opportunity to work with the great director Alan Clarke, and Baal remains the finest example of Bowie in a serious classic dramatic role for UK television. Suitably debauched as the eponymous anti-hero, he lends his vocals to several ballads in Clarke’s fine production of Brecht’s earliest play, about a chaos-creating, unkempt poet who crashes Bavarian high society. Bowie’s performance has a searing intensity and is not to be missed by any fan. Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and life-long Bowie afficanado takes us behind the scenes of the making of Baal with this introductory talk, illustrated with slides and clips. 

Here (and above) is an extract.

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