BOWIE TURNS 60
Over at GreenCine, there’s a translation of a piece by Tobias Ruther on David Bowie and his film influences, posted as a salute to the artist on his 60th birthday.
He lived out his dreams of youth in Berlin. “The first film that ever moved me,” he once said, “was The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. I was around fourteen. Later, I saw M and Metropolis and films by Pabst, Murnau, and they all came from Berlin.” He becomes deeply enthralled with German Expressionism, rides his bike to the Brücke Museum in Grunewald, paints: a child in the stairway, a Turkish father with his son, Iggy Pop in front of bare trees, halfway decent imitations of Müller, Kirchner and Heckel, whose woodcut portrait of Kirchner, Roquairol of 1917, is mimicked on the cover of Heroes.