The Man Who Fell To Earth [videorecording]

manwhofelltoearth

Working in a library we have these catalog cards that once were used to find books, videos, or just about anything in a library. Mostly they are no longer used. They were arranged in wooden drawers by subject, title, and author.

Most of us in the library who have been there for a while still have a few, some of us have hundreds of these cards in their desk drawers or on a shelf in their office using the blank back sides of the cards for making notes, holding places in books, or labeling library carts.  I had pulled the top card of my deck hidden away behind some books to make myself a reminder and looked at the title of the item that was cataloged. It was the cataloging card for the 1980 video cassette release of  the 1976 movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth” directed by Nicholas Roeg and starring David Bowie.  It was cataloged by lw on July 27, 1982. It is still in the collection.

Bowie died January 10, 2016, this year at 69 years of age. He inspired generations with his music and his art and this movie was one of the many projects he is associated with and a part of his life’s work.

I did not use the card for my note. I put it in a safe place with all the other cards of special interest I find, at least interesting to me.

Interestingly at the top of the card is a name, Houtsnede Maatchappij. A name I had not remember seeing before. A google search revealed that one, it may be spelled wrong on the card, it should be Houtsnede Maatschappij and two it is probably a production company or copyright holder that is also associated with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Won Ton Ton: The dog Who Saved Hollywood,” and “Killer Force” all which came out in 1975-76. Who was Houtsnede Maatschappij? A mystery that needs further investigation. Stop back later.

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