David Bowie ‘The Next Day’ by Floria Sigismondi

David Bowie ‘The Next Day’ by Floria Sigismondi
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As he’s spent 2013 being praised to the heavens for his godlike genius, and most people think he can probably walk on water (and maybe even rose from the dead…) David Bowie actually plays Christ in Floria Sigismondi’s video for The Next Day.

Also starring Bowie’s pal Gary Oldman, as a bad guy priest who turns up at the Catholic church’s favourite bar, and Marion Cotillard as a courtesan with blood-spurting stigmata. Floria does not stint on the symbolic Catholic imagery and characters (including a Joan of Arc, a self-flagellating priest and deeply immoral Cardinal) and their proximity to fun and debauchery. Nor the blood, of which there are bucketloads. Which all added up to a ‘ban’ – it went missing on YouTube for a few hours on the day of release – and another PR triumph.

But it all makes sense in a strange way – and as it features Marion Cotillard losing herself in sensual reverie… well, say no more. And Bowie maintains a canny position of being almost a co-star in his own video – and a restrained sense of humour, as indicated by his speech of thanks at the end. Wuzza wuzz.

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Director
Floria Sigismondi
Production Company
Black Dog FilmsBlack Dog Films website
Executive Producer
Coleen Haynes
Executive Producer
Chris Clavadetscher
Producer
Oualid Mouaness
1st AD
Howell Caldwell
2nd AD
Ben Randolph
Director of Photography
Jordan Cronenweth
Camera operator
Dan McDonough
Camera operator
Jack Ellingwood
Camera operator
Paul Toomey
Steadicam
Mark Meyers
Production designer
Jason Fijal
Set design
Lindsay Ferguson
Location Manager
Kelley Baker
Stylist
Marjan Malakpour
Hair
Pamela Neal
Make-up
Kathy Jeung
Colourist
Company 3
Editorial
Bonch
Commissioner
Bryan Younce
Label
Sony Music
Cast
Gary Oldman
Cast
Marion Cotillard
Cast
Megan Neal
Cast
Kevan Egan
Cast
Miranda Stewart
Cast
Catherine Jolleys
Cast
Robert Sherman

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