Highly influential German filmmaker Werner Herzog recently took the time to sit down with The Daily Beast and analyze Kanye West’s largely controversial “Famous” music video. The music video features wax figurines of influential people ranging from Donald Trump, to Kanye West’s, ex Amber Rose. The video slowly pans over what appears to be an extremely large bed filled with a variety of celebrities sleeping in the nude. As to why exactly they are sleeping in the nude, well that appears to be part of the abstract narrative.
Werner Herzog is known for his largely experimental ventures in German cinema so it is interesting to hear how he critically analyzes the music video. He focuses on themes and the way people will interpret the video all as equal components in the narrative. Listen carefully to how he analyzes the role of the audience and their imagination.
Read an excerpt from his thoughts via Rolling Stone:
“You keep thinking, are these people for real? Are they doppelgängers? And what could be the story of them? What are they doing? How have they partied? What brought them together? So all of a sudden, the rapper gives me the chance to completely go wild on my own story. On the collective audience that he has out there. It’s very very interesting. … I see something very wild here, which is essential in real deep storytelling.”
Listen to Herzog’s narrative below and watch the original music video underneath:
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