Once upon a time ago before I read any work by Ayn Rand I saw The Man Who Fell To Earth starring David Bowie. I didn’t enjoy sitting through it and the one scene that stuck with me depicted a nihilist denouncing innovation. Having never read a word of real philosophy at the time I merely saw the character as being stupid.
After the recent death of Mr. Bowie a
local film society held a showing of the film. I won’t claim the
excuse of brain damage in deciding to see it. I had actually forgot how
truly awful it was.
It wasn’t just the fact that the director was a no talent hack with delusions of cleverness.
was it his insistence on using Manhattan skyscrapers as an anatomical
reference along with inserting two pointless scenes that stop just short
of actual pornography.
Every second of the film was an expression of the hatred of human life and after only half an hour I walked out.
the nihilist? When I originally saw the film I could not understand
how any character could be so stupid. I now understand that in
denouncing any improvement in the tools used by man he was denying the
value of human life.