David Bowie, Marlene Dietrich Just a Gigolo (1978 film) (Memory Holed Classic )


This Film is one that has been panned by the critics but it is in the tradition of Catch 22 and Oh What a Lovely War. It is a west German produced Film from the height of the Cold War and The Nuclear Scares of Late 70's Early 80's.

The Themes are massively relevant to the Climate of the Late Teens of the second Millenium.

I found the Film; subtle and gauche, Ironic and poignant, a Glorious contradictory Whole, that paints a Grey Space upon which contemporary Events might be painted. A masterpiece, revealing the unspoken Taboos of The Great War, and The Unspoken Taboos of today's Military Industrial Complex and Corporate Government.

Just a Gigolo (1978 film)

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Just a Gigolo
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Original film poster
Directed byDavid Hemmings
Produced byRolf Thiele
Written byEnnio De Concini
Joshua Sinclair
StarringDavid Bowie
Sydne Rome
Kim Novak
Maria Schell
Curd Jürgens
Marlene Dietrich
Music byJohn Altman
Günther Fischer
CinematographyCharly Steinberger
Edited bySusi Jäger
Distributed byUnited Artists Classics
Release date
  • 16 November 1978 (West Germany)
  • 14 February 1979 (UK)
  • 1 May 1981 (US)
Running time
Germany 147 mins
UK 105 mins
USA 98 mins
CountryWest Germany
LanguageEnglish, German

Just a Gigolo (Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo) is a West German 1978 film directed by David Hemmings and starring David Bowie. Set in post-World War I Berlin, it also featured Sydne RomeKim Novak and, in her last screen appearance, Marlene Dietrich. The hostile reception the film received led Bowie to quip that it was "my 32 Elvis Presley movies rolled into one".[1]


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