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Labyrinth


Labyrinth

Virgin, London, 1986
(price: 2.99; 64 pages)


The blurb in the front:

What's this?
A book, stupid.
- What's a book?
It's something you read.
- What's 'read'?
Oh, you're stupid, you are.
- I thought you were going to tell us a story.
I am. It's about a girl and her baby brother.
- Oh, a baby! I love babies!
Do we get him? Do we? Do we?
You'll have to wait and hear the story.
- Oooh, I love it when we get the baby!
I love to watch them growing little scales and tails-
And becoming one of us.
- Was I a baby once, too?
You were ... as I recall, a particularly ugly one.
- Not as ugly as me!
Well, do you want to hear the story or not?
- Oooh, yes! Tell it, please!
All right. It all started when His Majesty noticed the girl...


The book: A novelization of a screenplay by Terry Jones, based on a story by Jim Henson and Dennis Lee. Mostly it's just lots of photos.

The film: Jim Henson demonstrates that when he strayed too far from the Muppets, he tended to lose his way. It's like a cross between the quest theme of The Wizard of Oz and a more raucous version of a Disney fairy tale, but it's not as good as that sounds.

The role: Bowie (typecast yet again) is The Goblin King and, if you're eight-years-old, he's probably quite convincing. The wig's certainly scary.

The co-stars: Jennifer Connelly makes a pretty decent screen debut, though her career never really went anywhere afterwards. Also present is Michael Hordern, but mostly it's the animated creatures that do the hard work

Most memorable image: Bowie wearing an absurd pair of tights and an even more absurd wig.

Star rating from the Radio Times Guide to Films:

Star rating from the Blockbuster Guide to Movies and Videos:

Star rating from the Virgin Film Guide: n/a

Trivia: For once Bowie was allowed to contribute some songs, one of which - 'Underground' - is amongst his finest work from the 1980s. (I know that's damning with faint praise, but really it was a good single that got lost somewhere along the line.)

the gobblin' king
The Goblin King

the album
The Original Soundtrack


HE, AN ACTOR
DAVID BOWIE'S FILM CAREER IN BOOKS

Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth

1976
Just a Gigolo
Just a Gigolo
1978
Christiane F
H: Christiane F
1981
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence
1982
The Hunger
The Hunger
1983
Absolute Beginners
Absolute Beginners
1986
Labyrinth
Labyrinth
1986


a brief resumé of Bowie's career

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