Sat July 13, 2013
ON FILM: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Charles talks with legendary filmmaker DA Pennebaker about the making of the 1973 concert film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," which turned out to be the very last concert presented by David Bowie's androgynous Leper Messiah. Pennebaker talks about what attracted him to music/concert films, and why he knew right from the start that David Bowie was going to be a musical presence to be reckoned with decades into the future. Pennebaker also shares a story about ABC-TV's censored screening of the film. In this online-only extended interview, Pennebaker also talks about mixing the music for the film, why he asked audience members to take flash photos during the concert, and about the changes he's seen in filmmaking over the last 6 decades. Learn more about Pennebaker at the Pennebaker Hegedus Films website, http://www.phfilms.com/
The Plaza Classic Film Festival will hold a 40th anniversary screening of "Ziggy Stardust" on Aug. 10. Learn more at http://plazaclassic.com/
Aired July 13, 2013.