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David Bowie has premiered a new video in which he and Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton portray a married couple whose world is disturbingly rocked by celebrity.
The song, aptly titled “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” appears on Bowie’s forthcoming album, The Next Day (out March 12), and its premiere accompanied the recent launch of a new website. There, the iconic artist also displays a scan of the lyric sheet to the song, which includes notes on the video. Among them: “Video – stars like greek gods, cruel and controlling.”
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Mission: accomplished. Directed by avant-garde filmmaker Floria Sigismondi, shot by Jeff Cronenweth and co-starring Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw, the clip begins with the everyman Bowie, looking dashing as ever, perusing a supermarket tabloid with the missus at his side. But the ordinary couple’s life is soon turned upside down as a pair of high-fashion and highly sexualized devil puppeteers enter their very being, eventually swapping places.
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Or, as an accompanying description explains, “This story at once captures a twenty first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide.”
Watch the video here.
Correction: Although the physical similarity is uncanny, Swinton does not play the androgynous Bowie, as previously reported. Rather, Iselin Steiro, a Norwegian model, nails the role.
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