Nicolas Roeg’s film has many memorable scenes and images that entangle themselves in the mind, and is electrified by a charismatic lead performance by David Bowie. But the director’s habitual desire to shock through the shoehorning of several gratuitous scenes into his movie adds nothing to Tevis’ subtle tale.
No photograph can capture the luminous light here, an intense blue and gold. A couple of days ago I drove along the east shore of the Sea of Galilee, across from Tiberias. Here are images of the lake, the Golan, and a lookout that affords a wonderful view of the north shore, the little strip of land where most of the stories of the Gospels are set.