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Beyoncé "Run the World (Girls)" dir. Alan Smithee (was Francis Lawrence) -

graydon, May 19, 2011 at 6:33:01 AM CEST

This is amazing and so exciting, but I wish he had used the camera in a bigger way (as in Single Ladies and even Crazy In Love) as Beyonce deserves more than static wides. Still - so fun!

ckyrico, May 19, 2011 at 6:48:46 AM CEST

Yeah those locked-off wide shots of her were so weird at first. He's truly in feature film-land now (which is good for him), and wants to let shots linger.

But the choreography throughout is so good it's almost scary (shout out to choreographer Jeffrey Page). Overall, the video is carried by her. It isn't directed to death. How the fffk does she move like that? Sweet jesus.

If Laurieann Gibson could stop pretending to be a director and GaGa would stop closing her circle of collaborators around her, she'd have much better videos like this with much better dancing. The BTW and Judas choreography was boring.

brigs, May 19, 2011 at 4:47:35 PM CEST

budget, May 19, 2011 at 6:24:53 PM CEST

this is the year pop videos came back with a vengeance. awesome.

Kozoru, May 19, 2011 at 6:47:44 PM CEST

So pathetically horrible and weak. Especially when compared to the Eric Wareheim's version.

kevathens, May 19, 2011 at 8:19:45 PM CEST

u mad?

NickyGoose, May 19, 2011 at 9:37:54 PM CEST

Super rad. Love the more deliberate cut. The anamorphic frames are great, no need to cut it up too quick. I did notice a car on the freeway in one shot. Right? Couldn't they have painted that out?

pancho, May 19, 2011 at 9:58:38 PM CEST

top quality

30f, May 20, 2011 at 2:10:38 AM CEST

My understanding is the directors credit should be 'Alan Smithee.'

serch, May 20, 2011 at 8:06:14 AM CEST

Song can't be worse. The video well executed but booooring.

motleycrew, May 20, 2011 at 10:43:07 AM CEST

Seriously? Two rental cars some posters under a freeway and some construction lights... You call that an apocalyptic set? I call it an utter failure. Francis Lawrence clearly didn't give a fuck about this one. If he did he's losing his game. Alan smithee is right.

kevathens, May 20, 2011 at 5:42:02 PM CEST

That song is horrible, oh my God.

gregsinora, May 20, 2011 at 5:45:44 PM CEST

It's great to see a pop video that doesn't leave you with a migraine. I enjoyed this, although the song is the lazy rehashed I've heard in a while.

I found it weird at the end how they all salute the men though.

Kozoru, May 20, 2011 at 7:06:03 PM CEST

People who think the song is horrible don't realise it's "Pon De Floor" by fucking Major Lazer.

kevathens, May 20, 2011 at 8:01:21 PM CEST

Another horrible song

Kozoru, May 20, 2011 at 10:29:59 PM CEST

Sure it is, you prick.

otc, May 23, 2011 at 8:13:25 AM CEST

Dude, not sure where you're getting your info but it's Francis Lawrence, see <a">video static.

najork, May 23, 2011 at 6:19:11 PM CEST

A live version from last night sports some nice design and interactive animation from Ron Winter and Dirt Empire.

otc, May 24, 2011 at 12:18:54 AM CEST

That live performance is dope.

stratobee, May 25, 2011 at 2:59:20 AM CEST

I though I was old and over the hill in the MV game as a shooter - this video was shot by Jeffrey L. Kimball, ASC who's 67! There's still hope, then.

30f, May 27, 2011 at 2:20:39 AM CEST

otc - I am guessing that you don't know what Allan Smithee means. Nor what it says on the other end of that VideoStatic link.

otc, May 27, 2011 at 3:36:00 AM CEST

I'm familiar with Alan, my favorite story is the time that Tony Kaye switched his credit on American History X to Humpty Dumpty. My comment was in response to a now deleted comment that this was directed by "Mason" someone or other.

kevathens, July 1, 2011 at 6:38:38 AM CEST

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