Lacquer ·· Behind. video direct by Olivier & Michel Gondry, 2003

Lacquer Behind
released January 2003
directors Olivier & Michel Gondry
producer Charlotte Marmion
line producer Paul Hahn
cinematographer David Lanzenberg
editor Sam Danesi
post production Partizan Midi Minuit
executive producer Charlotte Lepot
production company Partizan Midi Minuit

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BEEP! "Hey, it's me. So, I'm leaving LA tomorrow... I'll pick you up in New Mexico by Tuesday... We have to be in New York by Saturday so... I'll see you soon!" click!

Olivier "Twist" Gondry, Michel's brother and visual effects guy for many years, begins his quest into direction with a video that sets two guys careening across America in a vintage Chrysler convertible - a 1966 Chrysler 300 to be exact. RES's Sandy Hunter: "The video consists of digitally fast forwarded time lapse 16mm photography shot from a rig set up in the back seat. The entire seven-day journey, shot at one frame per second of driving (one frame per 10 seconds at night) is compressed into less than four minutes."

The Gondry spirit comes through in Olivier's editing, synchronizing the song with the scenery and showing countless little tidbits of life. We get to see each night's motel stay, and stops for map-checks and car washes. We also get to see the dramatic, slow beauty of the weather, and the variety of American landscapes: skyscrapers, towering bluffs, limitless sky, and unending freeway.

Like Star Guitar, a psychedelic trip through the French landscape, Behind delivers a picture of America that is celebratory and, for me, filled with love for the country I live in. The song hums along: "Yooou-oo-oo-oo-oo, and your smile!" while the two gentlemen end their journey in NYC's blazing night, exit the car, and perhaps go for coffee.

Behind is included on the May/June 2003 RES DVD "resonance." The clip is online also at

The concept of Behind is predated by a Lars von Trier concept (and a video directed by Åke Sandgren) called Highway of Love for the Danish band Laid Back. Filmed in 1990, it features the band in a sort of reverse trek across the United States, from New York to San Francisco. You can see Highway of Love at Laid Back's official site by double-clicking the 'video clips' icon. (And check out Bakerman and Bet it on You. Both were directed by von Trier around the same time.)

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Pubblicato il 11/6/2007 alle 1.18 nella rubrica Musica.

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