“Even though I was very shy, I found I could get onstage if I had a new identity.” — David Bowie
Starring in both The Labirynth and The Man Who Fell To Earth, as well as being a trained performer, mime artist and everything in between, David Bowie was better placed than most rock stars to offer you a list of his favourite movies. The chameleonic star was renowned for his ability to morph into any artistic role that suited him and was more than happy being pitched as a Hollywood heart-throb. However, his tastes were far more eclectic than that.
So when the singer was approached in 2007 to curate The H&M High Line Festival in New York, Bowie’s hometown at the time, the singer-songwriter jumped at the chance to enact his vision over a few different mediums. It also provided the Starman with a chance to flex his cinematic muscles.
One such moment was a collaboration he had with Cinema Tropical as he delivered a wonderful programme entitled: ‘David Bowie Presents 10 Latin American and Spanish Films from the Last 100 years’.
Now, there aren’t many singers in the pop world in the 21st century who would be able to lean on their knowledge of Latin American cinema so extensively, but that’s just the kind of guy David Bowie was. The ‘Changes‘ singer was able to not only pick his favourite films but select one from each of the decades. In fact, he was so clearly educated in the subject that he actually provided eleven choices in the end.
Sadly, we don’t have Bowie’s reasons for choosing the films but, judging by the esteemed names and titles at hand, the movies almost picked themselves. Everything from Andres Wood’s 2004 masterpiece Machuca to the gorgeous Oriana from director Fina Torres all the way back to the 1919 landmark film El Automóvil Gris from Enrique Rosas Priego.
If you were looking for a way to get up to speed with some of Latin America’s finest films then we see no better option than letting David Bowie guide you with his ten favourite Latin films of all time.
David Bowie’s 10 favourite Latin movies:
- Machuca – Andres Wood (2004)
- Los Amantes del Círculo Polar – Julio Medem (1998)
- Oriana – Fina Torres (1985)
- El Espíritu de la Colmena – Victor Erice (1973)
- Memorias del Subdesarrollo – Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1968)
- Le Avventure Di Robinson Crusoe – Luis Buñuel (1954)
- Aventurera – Alberto Gout (1949)
- Dos Monjes – Juan Bustillo Oro (1934)
- El Prisionero 13 – Fernando de Fuentes (1933)
- Limite – Mário Peixoto (1931)
- El Automóvil Gris – Enrique Rosas Priego (1919)