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It was first shown on BBC1 on 26 January It was filmed in when Bowie was struggling with cocaine addictionand the documentary has become notorious for showing his mental state during this period. The documentary depicts Bowie on tour in Los Angelesusing a mixture of documentary sequences filmed in limousines and hotels, and concert footage. Most of the concert footage was taken from a show at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre on 2 September There were also excerpts from D.
Pennebaker 's concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Marswhich had been shot at London's Hammersmith Odeon on 3 Julyas well as a few other performances from the tour.
The title of the documentary was originally to be The Collectorafter a comment that Bowie had made to interviewer Russell Harty the previous year, whereby he described himself as "a collector of accents". Yentob and his team were given the task of documenting Bowie's famous Diamond Dogs tour, which was already underway when they started filming. Locations for the documentary mainly centred on Hollywood and Los Angeles, but there was Cracked Actor - David Bowie - David Live concert footage Cracked Actor - David Bowie - David Live from Philadelphia.
The tour and film coincided with a prolific time in Bowie's recording and acting career. He Say Something - Various Compiled by Vassili Tsilichristos, Alceen, Consoul Trainin - Made In Mykonos about to commence work on The Man Who Fell to Earth film — the film's soundtrack was possibly due to be Station to Station but was later shelved.
Photos from Bowie in the US in on tour and recording, of which some sequences Anything - Janet Jackson - MP3 Collection be seen in Cracked Actorhave been Cracked Actor - David Bowie - David Live elsewhere, including the cover of David Live and inserts for the Rykodisc and anniversary booklets for the CD pressings of the LPs that include "Young Americans".
Inwhile working on his album Never Let Me DownBowie reflected in an interview about his state of mind during the time the film was made:. I was so blocked It's quite a casualty case, isn't it. I'm amazed I came out of that period, honest. When I see that now I cannot believe I survived it. I was so close to really throwing myself away physically, completely. InAlan Yentob said of the film: "I'd caught him at what was an intensely creative time, but it was also physically and emotionally gruelling.
Our encounters tended to take place in hotel rooms in the early hours of the morning or in snatched conversations in the back of limousines. He was fragile and exhausted but also prepared to open up and talk in a way he had never really done before.
The documentary remains officially unreleased though there are bootleg video copies circulating as a result of the programme being shown again by the BBC in the early s and more recently in and From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the song which the documentary is named after, see Cracked Actor song. Titles of Cracked Actor documentary David Bowie.
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