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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry$
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Marcelline Block and Jennifer Kirby

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456012

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.001.0001

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“It Would Not Be Just visual, It Could Have Words and a Story”: Performance and Narrative in the Music Video Oeuvre of Michel Gondry

“It Would Not Be Just visual, It Could Have Words and a Story”: Performance and Narrative in the Music Video Oeuvre of Michel Gondry

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(p.197) Chapter 12 “It Would Not Be Just visual, It Could Have Words and a Story”: Performance and Narrative in the Music Video Oeuvre of Michel Gondry
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ReFocus: The Films of Michel Gondry
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Daniel Klug

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456012.003.0013

In this chapter, Daniel Klug emphasizes how film and music video director Michel Gondry’s influential and highly acclaimed work in music video crosses boundaries even within the sub-forms of the music video. First, the chapter discusses the general characteristics of music video audio-vision and its relation to film. Secondly, the chapter examines how Gondry’s performance-based videos incorporate heterogeneous narrative elements and examples of audio-visual surplus, such as morphing and multiplication. The chapter identifies stylistic trends in Gondry’s music video work, mentioning several of Gondry’s most well-known videos, including those for Daft Punk’s song “All Around the World” as well as for Kylie Minogue, The Chemical Brothers and The White Stripes. Third, in contrast to performance, it looks at Gondry’s narrative music videos offering an extended analysis of Gondry’s narrative music video for the Foo Fighters’ track “Everlong” (1997). In this analysis, the chapter examines the complex visual storytelling concerning lyrics and musical structures in the music video.

Keywords:   Michel Gondry, Music video, Audio-vision, Narrative, Performance, Foo Fighters, Everlong

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