As the world mourns the death of David Bowie, the Carolina Theatre is offering a free screening of a movie that shows the creative genius in action.
The historic theater at 309 W. Morgan St in downtown Durham, will show the 1986 film “Labyrinth” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the venue’s Fletcher Hall.
Bowie’s brilliant career spanned nearly 50 years and 25 studio albums, including 2016’s “Blackstar,” which was released on Friday, his 69th birthday.
From pop to punk to New Wave and more, Bowie mastered genre after genre and sold more than 140 million albums. He charted dozens of hit songs, including “Let’s Dance,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Young Americans,” “Modern Love” and “Rebel Rebel.”
Morphing into music-making characters like Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke on stage, Bowie showed a penchant for taking on roles that would serve him well in his later forays into acting.
He had already been in several small films and spearheaded the music video revolution in the early 1980s when he signed on to a starring role as Jareth the Goblin King in the fantasy action-adventure film “Labyrinth,” which was directed by Muppets creator Jim Henson, with George Lucas serving as executive producer.
In his review of the film, film critic Roger Ebert said: “Labyrinth” is a movie that obviously was made with infinite care and pains, and it began with a real inspiration: Why not create a fantasy out of some of the drawings of M. C. Escher, who is famous for visual paradoxes such as a room with staircases that go "up" in every possible direction? The movie is an impressive production that is often good to look at. Some real thought went into it and the David Bowie soundtrack is fine, yet there's something missing. It never really comes alive.”
Despite mixed reviews, “Labrynth” went on to become a cult hit and an audience favorite at the Carolina’s RetroFantasma film series.
More information and the movie’s trailer can be found here: http://www.carolinatheatre.org/films/jim-hensons-labyrinth