Music Video of the Day: Across the Universe, covered by Fiona Apple (1998, dir by Paul Thomas Anderson)

In this video, Fiona Apple serenely covers the Beatles’s Across the Universe while chaos reigns all around her.

Fiona recorded this cover for a 1998 film called Pleasantville and the video follows along with Pleasantville‘s plot of a black-and-white world descending into chaos as the result of a little color being added.  That said, I would argue that this video is far superior to the film because Pleasantville was directed by the always heavy-handed Gary Ross while this video was directed by Fiona’s then-boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson.  While staying true to the themes of Ross’s film, Anderson still brings his own signature wit to the video.


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