David Bowie's seminal sci-fi film The Man Who Fell To Earth landed on Blu-ray this week and to celebrate one of The Thin White Duke's finest movie roles we're taking an in-video look at some of his memorable cinema moments. Bowie has danced with Jim Henson puppets, played Pontius Pilate for Martin Scorsese and, despite keeping a low-profile over the last few years, worked with Batman and Inception mastermind Christopher Nolan. Watch clips of David Bowie on the big screen below...
The Hunger (1983)
Forget your chaste Twilight vampires, Tony Scott's directorial was sexed up to the extreme and featured Bowie as the lover of Catherine Deneuve's vampire Miriam Blaylock. Her partners are promised eternal life, but the introduction of Susan Sarandon's doctor creates a love triangle for the three leads that puts R-Patz/K-Stew/T-Laut to shame. This stylish opening sequence sets the mood with some Bauhaus and nudity...
Bowie teamed up with a young Jennifer Connelly and the legendary Jim Henson for beloved '80s cult film Labyrinth. Connelly's Sarah is sent on a mad quest to another world to find her brother, who's been abducted by Bowie's creepy Goblin King Jareth. The below 'Magic Dance' scene apparently featured over 48 puppets, 52 puppeteers and 8 people in goblin outfits. Labyrinth was Henson's last movie, but it's one helluva send-off!
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
This controversial Martin Scorsese epic initially had Sting earmarked for the role of Pontius Pilate, but it was Bowie who stepped into the part when the project finally got off the ground in the late '80s. As Rome's ruler, Bowie turns up briefly to tell Jesus (Willem Dafoe) he is to be put to death for ruffling a few too many feathers. This scene shows just how talented an actor Bowie is because you completely forget you're watching the man once known as Ziggy Stardust!
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
David Lynch cast Bowie as "the long-lost" Phillip Jeffries for a surreal sequence (hey, it's Lynch!) in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. "Who do you think this is there?" Jeffries rants in a Southern drawl as he materialises out of nowhere then quickly disappears. The character is largely shrouded in mystery - Lynch had planned to flesh his story out with more Twin Peaks movies and TV specials - but box office disappointment meant the mind-melting series wrapped up with this film.
Perhaps Ben Stiller's finest hour behind and in front of the camera, Zoolander explored the vacuous world of modelling as the titular character repeatedly clashed with up-and-coming rival Hansel (Owen Wilson). When tensions boil over between the pair, it's left to Bowie, cameoing as himself, to settle the argument by officiating a dance off to Michael Jackson's 'Beat It'. The rules: duplicate and elaborate.
Both American Psycho and Memento played out to 'Something in the Air', so it seemed apt that the men who revived Batman - Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan - eventually got to work with Bowie. The Prestige saw him play inventor Nikola Tesla, who creates a device that becomes crucial to Hugh Jackman's magician Robert Angier. Witness Bowie's wobbly Euro accent and moustache below...