David Bowie is one of the few musicians who made an admirable leap over to acting and actually pulled it off. As well as his seminal role in The Man Who Fell To Earth, the Starman also appeared in Zoolander and took all our heart with his performance as the Goblin King in 1986’s Labirynth.
Now, one of the singer’s forgotten films, Just A Gigolo, is getting its first-ever UK release. The 1978 film, directed by David Hemmings, has remained in the film annals for some time and now it will be released to the public once more.
The release will see the digitally re-mastered film shared alongside a 54-page booklet detailing the making of the film, plus many other bonus features.
“Paul von Przygodski (David Bowie), a young Prussian gentleman, arrives in the trenches in time to be caught in the final explosion of the Great War,” read the official synopsis for the period drama.
“After recuperating in a military hospital, where he is mistaken for a French hero, he returns to Berlin. His family home has been turned into a boarding house, his father (Rudolf Schündler) is paralysed, and his mother (Maria Schell) is working in the Turkish baths.
“Attempting to find a new purpose, his childhood friend, Cilly (Sydne Rome), abandons him for fame and fortune; his former commanding officer, Captain Kraft (David Hemmings), tries to persuade him to join his right-wing movement and a widow, Helga von Kaiserling (Kim Novak), briefly seduces him with the finer things in life.”
As well as starring with Maria Schell and Kim Novak, Bowie also appears in the film alongside the legendary Marlene Dietrich, of whom, Bowie was a huge fan. Below you can watch a trailer for the Just A Gigolo.