Christine and The Queens Releases Video for “Girlfriend” – Watch Here!
Christine and The Queens releases a video for her acclaimed comeback single “Girlfriend”. The single/video is available in French as well, titled “Damn, dis moi”.
With the original concept being developed by Christine herself, director Jordan Bahat describes how she came to him with “Charles Ebbets’ photos from the 1930’s of builders relaxing on girders 60 stories up in the air and said, “these are the sorts of scenes I want to create for this video”. Along with those pictures, there were colour references from Tarsem and choreography references from West Side Story and Michael Jackson’s “Bad”.”
The film draws inspiration from these hyper stylized American musicals, but pulls them upside-down and inside-out for a song that is revisiting radical concepts of masculinity and gender.
“The message is both simple and radical,” says Christine and the Queens. “Simple because the video relies on energy and an effective use of choreography: more physical, sensual and assertive. Radical in terms of its aesthetics: here, the gang concept blurs the lines between ballerina and thug, as was often the case in American musicals such as West Side Story.”
Christine explains; “The song is like a story you tell to your friends” she continues. “Chris is the gang leader, the kind of person you look for and listen to; he does what he wants, perched up high somewhere, dangling above the emptiness…”
Check out the video below.
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