David Bowie – Lazarus Blackstar

David Bowie‘s death adds deep significance to the last two music videos released from his album Blackstar, “Lazarus” and “Blackstar”. Blackstar, a 10-minute art-rock film, shows Bowie bandaged with button eyes providing a music commentary to a bizarre expressionist exploration of life and death. “Lazarus” focuses on Bowie on a bed, his eyes once again bandaged, in the threshold between life and death. The final moment has Bowie disappearing into a wall closet and closing the door.

David Bowie in Lazarus music video

Both tracks have a connection with Lazarus, the musical on stage at the New York City Theatre, January 8 to 19. The musical, co-written David Bowie and Enda Walsh, is based on the 1963 sci-fi novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. The play focuses on the novel’s alien protagonist Thomas Newton who comes to the earth in search of water for his drought-ridden home planet. Bowie himself played the lead role in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 movie adaptation, starring as a hollow-eyed humanoid alien.


Filming was shot by director Johan Renck with producer Svana Gisla and directors of photography Darren Lew and Crille Forsberg, production manager Rachel Kinnock, production designer Jan Houllevigue, costume designers Niki Lindroth von Bahr and Nicklas Nilsson, choreographers Elke Luyten and Kira Alker, line producer Adam Baxter.

Local production in New York was facilitated by Alldayeveryday. Local production in Bucharest was by Carmen Papelea at Icon Films.

Editor was Johan Söderberg. Online work was done at Syndicate, Stockholm. Colorist was Ola Beckman.

Lyrics for Lazarus

Look up here, I’m in heaven I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me?

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
Then I used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now ain’t that just like me?
Oh I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me?