20.11.09 by Jeff

Charlotte Gainsbourg + Beck

Charlotte Gainsbourg feat. Beck – Heaven Can Wait. Another brilliant video directed by Keith Schofield. A single frame cannot do this video justice, wow. Lots of William Hundley references, did he help out with it?

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait Music Video

*EDIT – I guess Schofield made this video without giving any recognition to Hundley which was disappointing to me. Then I realised that most of the shots are direct references to random images on the internet (not just Hundley’s work), this raises lots of interesting questions. How would it be different if the entire video had been sourced from Hundley’s work? Does Hundley have the right to be upset about it? If the sourced images were well-known (like the Weezer video) it would be obvious that Schofield wasn’t trying to pass these ideas off as his own, so what does it mean for him to have used really obscure images?

Read the huge debate here. Hundley has posted about the use of his work on his Flickr.

Watch the video below!


Watch the director’s cut, here.













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • wow this is incredible ! Great!!

  • some parts are very Charlie White as well

    • It’s like one big colab video. I love these types of things.

  • I love Boooooom. Always finds good stuff first.

  • Hilarious. I love the slow-mo, and so many things had me laughing noisily here in my empty apartment.

    I love Charlotte, I’m glad she’s coming out with a new album finally!

  • I wouldn’t call it helping out:
    http://videos.antville.org/stories/1948117/#1948662

  • it is interesting when the images are so much more obscure that the average person who sees the video won’t know that the images are intended to be references/copies/re-enactments of other works.

    what do you guys think about this?

  • Joel

    Amazing! I love Beck and Charlotte… and the bizarre surrealist images makes it that much better. And it must have taken forever to set up and shoot all those separate tableaus! I’m not familiar with Hundley’s work, but either way, it’s an awesome video. Too bad you can’t really hear Beck though…

  • Joel

    Very Wes Anderson actually…

  • I totally saw the Hundley references because they were so obvious while the rest was obscured, one I read the edit and watched the video again I kinda saw it. It’s an interesting situation we have in this age. I have a tumblr blog and always post random images with no credit (because I never know who makes anything anymore) and have also had my artwork pop up on other peoples blogs without any credit. It’s hard to say what would be right in this situation. For me I make images because I want them to be exposed and i’m not really concerned with the credit (but then again I am a collage artist and I haven’t bought any music in a really long time). Artistic Socialism?

    May we live in interesting times.

    Great video regardless, but I think the Weezer video is more clear in it’s intent.

    -RG

  • Gav

    i was at a design conference about a month ago where Schofield talked about his work including this video. he said he was greatly inspired by images he’d seen on ffffound, and that he wanted to create something dedicated to these unique images. he showed the images that are referred to in the video before he showed the video. he was sincere about it and wasn’t trying to steal credit form the artist behind the artwork.

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  • Thank you for displaying this controversy! I didnt know anything about this. I just hyped the video, but you gave me a very important diffrent angle!
    Greetz from germany
    nico

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  • What if this wasn’t actually a collaboration with Beck and Charlotte Gainsbourg had merely taken his voice from another song and used huge samples of it for the chorus without permission, and her reason for doing so was that she found a bunch of random songs on a blog and wanted to make one song out of them?

    Essentially that is what has happened here with the visuals.

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  • lapetitefaon

    I’m sorry. I find this upsetting. It isn’t obvious that this is a homage to obscure internet images, rather it looks as though he is trying to pass the imagery off as his own. Could have been a great platform to give little known work more exposure but without citing his sources comes off as incredibly inconsiderate. The Weezer video was different. Those sources were obvious and it shows Rivers surfing the internet in the video! Come on. Extremely disappointing.

  • goldeneagle

    this song is briliant! i’ve never really listened to charlotte gainsbourg’s music before so i find this doubly interesdting! amazing video too

  • konceptofon

    Do you think they had a flirt? (hihi)
    I’m never disappointed with Beck, he is great again!
    Charlotte, I love you!

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  • hanna

    i don’t understand how can so many people be upset,
    if someone used my work like this I would be flattered

    people upset me right now

  • hanna

    and really now,
    how could people even offer that he was trying to pass these images on as his own, how stupid do you think he is?
    if these images are well-known in the internet how could anyone even offer that he was trying to steal those ideas?

  • CrankyBrown

    This video is such a great find. Amazing.





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