The Legend of Leigh Bowery
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The film is terrifically exciting both as information and as entertainment. Atlas has an artist's eye and, or so it seems, a tremendously sympathetic, yet dispassionate, insight into the personality of the mysterious and enigmatic Leigh Bowery. Bowery emerged rapidly from what must have seemed in comparison the very outback of ustralia to the trendy, gender-bending nightclubs of 80s London, one of which he started himself--the infmaous TABOO. He wore a variety of wigs and costumes, but that's understating it, because the costumes took on a life on their own and indeed no other human could have worn them. Interviewees claim that, even though some of the costumes were painful in the extreme to wear for more than a few minutes, Bowery carried on for hours in them, having the time of his life.
One nice thing is that Atlas has footage from every period of Bowery's artistic life, from his challenging one-man show at Anthony D'Offay gallery, in which viewers could watch him through a one way mirror, preen and primp himself all day on a chaise longue to die for, all the way to his last performances with the rock group MINTY. His death from AIDS is treated very sparsely and, I thought, most movingly. One minute he was here, the next he was gone, poof! Like a dandelion.Read more ›
His clothes, dancing, friends, art projects, music, and outrageous behavior are all here for the taking.
After getting this documentary, I had to get the book "Leigh Bowery Looks".
I have watched this movie over 30 times and each time I see something new.
Leigh Bowery began in rural Australia, raised by strict members of the Salvation Army... yet he was attracted to art. He enjoyed fashion design and the extremes of body art. Shock value was his stock in trade--be he prancing around nude with a fake female genitalia (made by painfully modifying his own), giving "birth" onstage to his assistant, anything involving body fluids, or singing about being a "worthless man" in a lesbian bar. Bowery had much in common with the otherworldly divo Klaus Nomi (The Nomi Song - The Klaus Nomi Odyssey). Both were ill at ease with their own bodies. Nomi thought he was from another planet.. while Bowery constantly engaged in gender play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a tiring attempt to make a very ambitious but untalented person seem like somebody important. Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by J. Martin
This movie gives you education on Leigh Bowery. He was so innovative that everyone interested in art, fashion and culture NEED to see this movie. Read morePublished on June 16, 2008 by S. Hardy
Wow if you love fashion MR Bowey bring it to you in many format in his creative mind. His has no shame in his game, if you ever want to become a designer watch this movie if will... Read morePublished on October 29, 2006 by John Sterling
Leigh Bowery makes every other shocking artist seem like a lame embarassment. He made no excuses. In 33 years, he lived more life than four people ever could. Read morePublished on July 2, 2006 by Hilary
What can you say about Leigh Bowery? He is/was both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. You feel compelled to watch him but wish you didn't. Read morePublished on March 21, 2006 by D. Jones