Monday, 12 September 2011

David Bowie- I'm afraid of Americans

Director(s): Nick Goffey & Dominic Hawley

David Bowie really needs little introduction, a huge British personality from the 70's and 80's and is now not very active in the public. However his son Duncan Jones( far better that what Bowie ACTUALLY named him)  has taken to directing films- such as 'Moon' a thriller set on the moon funnily enough.

Trapped in the back
of the Taxi
A kind of  Taxi Driverish music video made for the "I'm Afraid of Americans " remix, starring David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor. Directed by Dom and Nic, it features Bowie being stalked through New York City by Jonny(Reznor), a hostile American. 
As Bowie continues to be stalked and becomes more and more paranoid, he witnesses (or imagines) random acts of violence by citizens on one another — but their hands are empty, like they are holding invisible guns. The video ends with Bowie ducking behind a taxi while Reznor fires an imaginary assault rifle that inflicts severe damage on a vehicle- shooting it all up- but when Bowie looks back the taxi isn't damaged at all all the while he's looking around until he see's a kind of parade go passed with 'Jonny' carrying a cross.

Because this is mainly a 'chase' orientated video we have several mid- tracking shots of Bowie running from the crazed american- but intercut we have the people with hand gestures shooting one another in a more close up and personal range with close-ups. 

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