Music Video of the Day: Bird Of Flames by Chrysta Bell & David Lynch (2012, dir. Chel White)


This is the first 21st century music video I have come across where the director has already taken care of explaining it for me.

From IMDb:

“Driven by the music of David Lynch and Chrysta Bell, Bird of Flames is a meditation on the enigmatic nature of love. In a small nightclub, a magician coaxes a beautiful chanteuse to perform like a living doll. In the audience, a young man falls in love with her archetypal image of feminine beauty.”
-Chel White

Here’s what I see.

We begin by being introduced to the nightclub.

Inside, we see a master of ceremonies, or magician, dancing around an egg-shaped wedding veil.

Eventually Chrysta Bell emerges and goes up to the microphone to do her best Kate Bush.

In the audience we can see a guy looking at her.

Meanwhile, in the background we can see another woman who is watching, and having none of this. It’s probably because she stands in contrast to the ideal beauty on stage that this guy seems to be fascinated by, while she blends into the bar.

Then clouds move in, and the credits roll.

This looks awfully familiar to me. Let’s see here.

We begin by being introduced to the nightclub.

Inside, we see a master of ceremonies who comes out onstage to introduce us to “The Blue Lady”.

Eventually Isabella Rossellini emerges and goes up to the microphone to do her best film noir nightclub singer routine.

In the audience, we can see Kyle MacLachlan looking at her.

Meanwhile, next to MacLachlan, we can see Laura Dern watching and she is clearly uncomfortable. She stands in contrast to the ideal beauty on stage that MacLachlan seems to be fascinated with, and we only see Dern in the occasional shot.

Then the darkness envelops Rossellini…

and MacLachlan is now locked into an obsession with her.

Okay, so the music video is kind of an homage to that particular scene from Blue Velvet (1986). I have no complaints. I love that film, and I think that scene is used well here.

You can see all the people who worked on this in the credits on the video. They are too numerous to list here.

There’s one thing I want to mention since I am doing David Lynch videos because of the upcoming new Twin Peaks. According to IMDb, Chrysta Bell will be playing Special Agent Tamara Preston in the first episode.

Enjoy!

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