Talk about prolific. French filmmaker Michel Gondry has just released his 85th music video–this one for The White Stripes’ new song “City Lights.”
Last year, Ted Mills took a look at Gondry’s music videos for Björk, Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers, showing us why Gondry, who first began experimenting with the format in 1988, was “one of the last great music video directors”–someone who created “mini-epics just before the music industry collapsed, and budgets disappeared.”
Most know Gondry for his 2004 feature film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Or perhaps you saw his animated 2013 documentary on Noam Chomsky, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? If you did, you’ll recognize the aesthetic used in the new White Stripes video above. As Rolling Stone describes it, the video is just “a single shot of the exterior of a shower, with [a] bather visually drawing out the song’s lyrics in the steam and condensation on the shower door. With each line, the steam slowly erases the previous drawing, and a new image is sketched on the door.” You can try it at home.
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