Jay-Z’s newest video caught my eye recently for its black and white imagery. A combination bleeding sneakers, flaming basketballs, high-flying kung fu ghosts and a wild range of quickly-chopped images make this a big departure to the current crop of hip-hop videos. This contemporary video was directed by Sam Brown
C’était un Rendez-vous is a short film by French director Claude Lelouch, filmed in Paris in 1976. It features a Ferrari 275 being driven at high speed at 5.30am, past several landmarks in Paris. The film attracted criticisim at the time of its release due to the recklessness of the driver. Well-known landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, and Place de la Concorde with its obelisk are passed, as well as the Champs-Élysées. Pedestrians are passed, pigeons sitting on the streets are scattered, red lights are ignored, one-way streets are driven up the wrong way, center lines are crossed, the car drives on the sidewalk to avoid a garbage truck. The car is never seen as the camera seems to be attached below the front bumper. The final shot shows the car is parked in front of a curb on Montmartre, with the famous Sacré Cœur Basilica behind. Here, the driver gets out and embraces a young blonde woman as bells ring in the background, with the famous backdrop of Paris. I love this short film for the rush it gives me whilst watching it. The sound of the engine is so engrossing, and watching the car dance through the awakening Parisian streets is like poetry in motion. I can’t help but have the hairs on the back of my neck stand up whilst watching this.
This video promotes the new Adidas Originals x Star Wars clothing collection being released this month. I love the way that Star Wars is merged into the world of street culture, and Darth Vader emerging from the red mist at the end is a fantastic piece of imagery. I adore Star Wars and watching little videos like this!