One of the sad realities of the short-form medium is that so few people watch them. Even Oscar-nominated shorts are going to be seen by fewer people than a “Party Down” episode during its first run. It’s a shame, too, and you’d think that in our ADD society, the short-form medium would be a bigger draw.
How do we change that? Maybe Lady Gaga, who with her music video for “Born This Way” has created something more interesting than most of what you’ll find at your local multiplex. Putting aside the woman’s music and personae, she makes a mean music video, an art form sorely lacking since Spike Jonze and Mark Pellington moved to feature films.
The video for “Born This Way” is weird and creepy and gross and fascinating and provocative and a little bit sexy. The first three minutes may blow your mind, and then the music starts and it’s more Madonna 2.0. Still, there’s a lot of … imagery … and birthing … going on here, and maybe a little more vagina symbolism than many are comfortable with. It comes from a fashion photographer, Nick Knight, who occasionally dabbles in music video (he also directed Bjork’s Pagan Poetry video). He and Tom Ford should get together and make a very, very pretty horror movie that will make straight men roll in a fetal ball and weep.
(Hat Tip: Southworth)