Monday, 11 January 2016

Face the Strange

I was in a bank today when I saw on their TV that David Bowie had died. Everybody has their favourite face of Bowie. I'm a massive Labyrinth fan (there's even a Tea & Jeopardy episode from Jareth's lair). But I think another performance which was truly special was his portrayal of Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man). The director created the part without using makeup or prosthetics. This was apparently done to allow the audience to imagine what Merrick looked like. But I think it also served a higher purpose in that Bowie's appearances didn't detract from the fact that Merrick was - first and foremost - a human being. 

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