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videos | cry

director
The Snorri Brothers


genre
Storyline


comments
Iím not sure what the pitch was. It probably entailed giving the idiosyncratic and resourceful Snorri Brothers complete artistic freedom so they could stamp their unique visual style all over the video - which they did in spades.

Furthermore if they ever did reveal what they were doing, then the executive summary could've run thus: Fritz Lang industrial setting, teleportation device, mime artists, no band. So over the audio of Cry, a procession of images introduces a multitude of characters, all somehow involved in a narrative, which goes completely over my head. As it does most fans.

Rumour has it that Charlie gets a cameo as the guy in the background; either wheeling around disjointedly on a scooter or walking around pressing buttons to open doors.

The Snorri Brothers are a hip, happening, but uncompromising outfit. Perhaps their videos for REM and The Streets make a little more sense, but the meaning here is far too obscure.




availability
Cry Limited Edition CD Seen The Lights - A Visual History Promo DVD Seen The Lights - A Visual History DVD


the kids said:
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collectors' information
Eagle made some cheap-and-cheerful VHS copies. Now very hard to find, they just have a crudely printed spine sticker. Some have additional Seasaw stickers stuck over the top.

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The guy. He's our hero, or anti-hero, of the piece.

The girl. His lover. Who gets the teleportation device and disappears. I think.

The little girl. Really not sure about her. But, she only appears fleetingly at the start.

The little boy. Turns up more than the little girl, but again, I have no idea.

Charlie?

The doctor? He offers our hero a drink. A mimed drink, but still a drink.

The industrialist? He enjoys a good laugh though.

The other girl. I think the hero visits her by mistake.

The old lady. Not really sure where she fits in.

It all gets rather confusing at this point.