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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.”
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.
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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