You’ve heard (and certainly made) jokes about the striking resemblance between Tilda Swinton and David Bowie, particularly when the latter was in his glam rock period. It’s a fun little connection that, thankfully, both have fully embraced: they’ve shot a music video for the musician’s new single, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” which depicts the duo as a married couple being terrorized by those hoping to emulate Ziggy Stardust in look and sound. As directed by Floria Sigismondi, and with cinematography from frequent Fincher collaborator Jeff Cronenweth, it’s more akin to a song-accompanied short than traditional music video.
Though I might be slightly disqualified to say that, as yours truly watched this whole thing on mute; being rather excited for the album from which this stems, The Next Day, I’d like that to be a purer experience. (Go ahead, call me names.) Putting pedantry aside, it’s a thrilling work, far more accomplished than many works of its ilk — and, better yet, worthy of both stars. In a few weeks’ time, it’ll even be okay to enjoy the thing as intended.
The Next Day will be released in America on March 12, and the video can be seen below (via DavidBowie.com):
Not equal in interest, but, worth pointing out nevertheless, is a video music video created for “Unchained,” the James Brown / Tupac mash-up that ties together a thrilling shoot-out in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. (It also serves a greater thematic purpose, I’ll have you know.) Sprinkling footage from the movie over the throbbing tune, it does what anything of this mold ought to accomplish: make me want to see the movie again right this second.
Watch it below (via The Huffington Post):
What do you think of seeing Bowie and Swinton side-by-side?
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