In this new video directed by Floria Sigismondi, Bowie still has the power to magnetize onscreen.
Just like in The Hunger and Labyrinth I can’t take my eyes off the Thin White Duke. He seems so genuine.
Self-aware but not self-conscious, David Bowie and his video wife Tilda Swinton play out scenes of a luxurious quiet life of domestics.
On the other side of the wall, a young woman dressed as a boy mouths the words to Bowie’s vocals. Bowie and Tilda are visited in the night by visions of edgy, sexy, androgynous youth.
There’s a ghostly dining room dance somewhat reminiscent of Beetlejuice. The couple is haunted by earlier versions of themselves, Bowie’s played by a beautiful girl.
Since before the days of Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie has toyed with perception and gender. For a closer look at his history and best songs check out my full write-up on the Thin White Duke here.
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