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Chris Isaak "Wicked Game" (version two) (1991) | Director: Herb Ritts

Desire, loss, and the dreams they create

bless 'im

kevathens, September 26, 2006 at 3:19:30 AM CEST

Winner: Best Male Video, Best Cinematography, Best Video From a Film at 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. Nominated for Video of the Year, Best Direction, Best Editing, Viewer's Choice.

I was doing research and stumbled upon Herb, and feel his videos/photography (coupled, perhaps, with Mondino) had a strong impact in the early 90's, even up to today.

lusk81, September 26, 2006 at 4:52:00 AM CEST

I mean c'mon, yes. This is hard to say no to.

vidbot, September 26, 2006 at 11:09:55 AM CEST

Yeah its a Cracker, Stills stands up today. That just brought back memory’s of being hunched over a bowl of Cornflakes on a saturday morning with the spoon poised halfway to mouth while the brain says "ohhhh pretty". I could never work out as a young un how they did the "flying through clouds" stuff, now I realise they are just standing next to some thermal vent, ingenious. Today it would be all smoke machines or bodge 3D. What was the Herb Ritts one for Janet Jackson out in the desert with the dood balancing on the big half moon thing? that one is lodged in my memory as well.

kevathens, September 26, 2006 at 11:52:07 AM CEST

Yeah, I was originally gonna post that Janet vid, Love Will Never Do (Without You), to show how Janet vids once were, but Wicked Game just called itself out.

Wicked Game has a few of those weird 90's angles, particularly when Chris is singing solo on the beach, but those are few, and the rest of the footage is still sharply evocative. Where the hell did those angles originate anyway? Was it really MTV cameramen who pioneered that?

Even the yellow colorization works a fair deal, and that stuff hasn't aged well at all. Can anyone today pull off using sepia-tone?

spreech, September 26, 2006 at 1:30:28 PM CEST

the video with Laetitia Casta is even better & sexier than this. (think it was "baby did a bad bad thing" or something like this)

hassinator, September 26, 2006 at 1:53:06 PM CEST

there is a pastiche of this video featuring aussie shite mesiter peter andre and his new wife the soft porn model jordan shot at camber sands for atlantic records.

worth a look if i can find a link but don't get too excited..

kevathens, September 26, 2006 at 2:12:20 PM CEST

spree: That's sexier, but I wouldn't call it better, both on a simple 'music video' level and the loftier 'iconic' level. dir. Herb Ritts, again

nofare, September 26, 2006 at 5:07:41 PM CEST

Let's have a thought for Zinnemann's "From Here to Eternity" too.

matt0009, September 26, 2006 at 11:05:45 PM CEST

i remember seeing this video when i was little and thinking...oh man! is this what it'll be like when i'm an adult!?

30f, September 27, 2006 at 2:07:22 AM CEST

I am typically underwhelmed by still photographer directed videos - though this clip is a stellar exception. It often seems that photogs believe that THEY can create a handful of near-static frames that we will want to just keep looking at for the length of a song. Most of them fail, but Ritts certainly made the perfect clip for this track. Mannion and Handler are two of the latest "cross-overs" - let's see if they come up with interesting videos over the long term.

barbeque08, September 27, 2006 at 2:36:23 AM CEST

I've always thought this was directed by David Lynch. You can find info where it does say he directed it. Even those clouds look very 'Lynchian'.

kevathens, September 27, 2006 at 12:56:08 PM CEST

That would be version one, which I've never seen.

aceofbase, September 28, 2006 at 1:03:57 AM CEST

David Lynch did the first one but I prefer the second version.

Here's a low quality video of the first one:

spreech, September 28, 2006 at 12:57:09 PM CEST

who's the model again? Stephanie Seymour?

progosk, September 28, 2006 at 1:32:22 PM CEST

helena christensen. (mmm, cheese...)

robodrug, September 28, 2006 at 4:28:25 PM CEST

spreech......... How could u be soooo mistaken?

I'd prefer her to a splif anyday - I wish (see prog's link)

FRANK TERZO, April 15, 2018 at 2:27:01 AM CEST

Hello for years its been a mystery how come no one can view the chris isaak clessic wicked game music video the one that aired very late at night on mtv 1998


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