Watch the trailer for the David Bowie documentary Moonage Daydream

Lunar Reverie

Lunar Reverie
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After its Cannes premiere earlier this year and the release a brief teaserNEON has shared the full trailer for the David Bowie documentary Lunar Reverie. Directed by Brett Morgen, it promises to be suitably colorful and stylish as it delves into the career that produced some of rock music’s most influential iconography.

MOONAGE DAYDREAM – Official Trailer

Specially formatted for IMAX, the film features never-before-seen performances and footage from the musician’s personal life. Morgen spent years combing through Bowie’s archives to create the film, starting in 2018. The director is already known for his entertainment documentaries, having previously been behind Cobain: Devil Edit, Hurricane Crossfireand The child stays in the picture.

Lunar Reverie is framed by Bowie’s own narration, which is drawn from interviews and archival footage and not from the Anthony Bourdain’s AI Generator. Described as an “experiential cinematic odyssey” in a press release, the film uses retro-tinted animation to enhance the imagery, which can be spotted in the trailer. Beyond its lack of typical talking heads, Lunar Reverie promises to go beyond the typical documentary format and put its own spin on Bowie’s boundary-pushing philosophy and passion for art.

Of course, the music is a major component of the film. Producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie from his early career to his final album Black Star, was hired to revisit his past work for the documentary. Alongside sound mixer Paul Massey, Bowie’s original stems were remixed to be heard in a theatrical setting. A total of 48 songs appear in the project.

Lunar Reverie is the first film made with the approval of Bowie’s estate. The unofficial biopic Stardust was released in 2020; with Johnny Flynn (Emma.), Marc Maron (GLOW), and Jena Malone (Hunger Games – Catching Fire), the film depicted the musician’s first trip to America but did not have permission to use any of his songs.

Lunar Reverie premieres exclusively in theaters on September 16.

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