“My memory is bad,” admits filmmaker Brett Morgen, “but I always remember where I saw a movie. And when those theaters are closed, every time I drive [past] what used to be UA 6 in Westwood – and now it’s like a pharmacy – I go back to, ‘Oh, I saw The Terminator there…’ It’s like sacred ground.”
Morgen makes non-fiction films that should be seen on the biggest movie screen possible: The Director (who won an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature with 1999’s On the ropes) has done projects on The Rolling Stones (2012’s Hurricane Crossfire) and the late Kurt Cobain (2015’s Heck’s assembly). His latest film is his grandest to date; Lunar Reverie is an IMAX saga about David Bowie, equally larger than life, an immersive musical experience of rare performances and never-before-seen footage.
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Below, Morgen shares with A.frame seven films that inspired his own take on filmmaking, along with where he saw each one — with one caveat. “They change from day to day,” he says. “I’m often asked what my favorite Bowie song is, and I’m like, ‘Well, what time is it? Right now it is. And in an hour it will be something else.'”