****"The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire Dir: Spike Jonze Runtime: 6m Album: The Suburbs The video for Arcade Fire's The Suburbs is the literal embodiment of this SFF installment: it was cut together out of pieces of a longer short film Jonze and the band had concocted called Scenes from the Suburbs, about a near future suburban dystopia that runs parallel to most of the grammy-winning album, where neighborhood battles neighborhood and neighbor battles neighbor. The full short film is available on the special edition version of The Suburbs (the one with the red cover). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Euj9f3gdyM
****"The Unforgiven" by Metallica Dir: Matt Mahurin Runtime: 12m Album: Metallica (aka The Black Album) Staying with the theme of fucked up childhoods, we move swiftly into the what-the-fuck-was-that-about territory that Metallica staked out with their long video for their first take on The Unforgiven. Once upon a time this was the rarest of rare things, airing once on a Metallica special on Mtv and not, to my knowledge, ever again. The WTF factor is extremely high in this theatrical version of the video, and even Metallica themselves seem to have had no real idea what Mahurin was saying about youth and age and emotional and physical imprisonment told through an array of black and white images. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwEsPizQVNc This one also has a sequel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bt7kAVxKfs
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