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Watch: Darren Aronofsky Directs Lou Reed and Metallica In Music Video for ‘The View’

Written by on December 3, 2011 

It isn’t exactly movie-related, but it’s content from one of our favorite directors being posted on a Saturday. Why not?

News that Darren Aronofsky was directing a music video for Lou Reed and Metallica — for a song from their recent collaboration, Lulu — would’ve normally been a shock, but the actual album is so bizarre and confounding; it felt like a natural step. Although the initial report claimed that the teaming would be for “Iced Honey,” the finished result actually goes with the album’s most popular (?) track, “The View.”

If you’re interested in seeing what that looks like, today is your lucky day. The music video, coming from their YouTube account (via /Film), features the ex-Velvet Underground leader delivering his borderline non-sensical lyrics whilst Metallica thrash, and as James Hetfield screams about being different objects. Sadly, the music video isn’t really much to marvel at. Some techniques — such as zooms and gorgeous cinematography — prevent it from being a completely standard affair, but I don’t get the feeling of Aronofsky‘s work at all. But there are worse ways of holding over until Noah, I suppose.

Most who watch this — like most who simply hear the song — won’t be won over by the unlikely assemblage, but I’ve found myself kind of endeared to this tune. I’m not a Metallica fan, but the mixture of Reed‘s dry, bitter voice and way with words almost always pull me in, despite this song’s apparent issues.

Watch it below:

What are your thoughts on Aronofsky’s direction here? How about the actual song? Are you the root?

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