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Great Job, Internet!: David O. Russell’s Prada promo film is a star-studded nightmare

  • The AV Club
How’d we miss this? Last week, the Italian luxury fashion brand Prada released Past Forward, a nightmarish black-and-white short film directed by David O. Russell that features (among other things) a mouthless Sacha Baron Cohen, a bleached blond Allison Williams, futuristic technologies, Bernard Herrmann’s scores for North By Northwest and Vertigo, and John Krasinski executing some weirdly unnerving dance moves.

Like many luxury brands, Prada occasionally forgoes conventional advertising in favor of lavishly expensive eye-catching shorts that give filmmakers carte blanche to do their thing as long as everybody wears the right clothes. Earlier examples include Prada’s own Wes Anderson film, Castello Cavalcanti, and David Lynch’s Inland Empire-esque Lady Blue Shanghai, starring Marion Cotillard, a superstar of this particular high-concept niche.

The dialogue-free Past Forward, which runs almost 13 minutes, gives Russell a chance to do what is his wont: swing the camera wildly, work ...
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Video of the day. David Lynch's "Lady Blue Shanghai" (2010)

  • MUBI
How come no one told me this existed? I may be a year late to the game, but this seems to be the longest video/film work David Lynch has directed since Inland Empire.

Filmed as a commission for Dior, Lady Blue Shanghai stars Marion Cotillard in a work that strongly continues the stripped down "amateur" digital aesthetic introduced by Lynch's 2006 masterpiece, working in a vein closer to video art / avant-garde video than his feature film-films.

What does this mean? For one, it pushes Lynch's characters further away from the ostensible psychological naturalism that makes the stories of films like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr. accessible despite continued forays into the "unexplainable." Characters in Inland Empire and in this video are more like suspended ghosts than "real people," abstracted echoes of Americana, cinematic genre tropes, psychic impressions and resonances. Most concerns here are not those of conventional storytelling; I think
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