Welcome to the second installment of Music Video Epiphany wherein we mine pop videos for their secret cinematic greatness.
Today we'll be discussing Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", the first single from Ms. Knowles' latest album "I am.. Sasha Fierce". Directed by Jake Nava the video for "Single Ladies..." has been described as inspiring many grown men to experience "a second puberty" but in its sexy minimalism we see even more potential.
The choreography was largely inspired by Bob Fosse's Mexican Breakfast which was also recently the subject of a viral video sensation with Gwen Verdon's performance being set to DJ Unk's "Walk it Out":
The black and white composition also seems reminiscent of the Sophia Coppola-helmed music video for the White Stripes' cover of Dusty Springfield's "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself". The video features a scantily clad Kate Moss performing a somewhat awkward pole dance:
And it has escaped the attention of few that Beyonce wears some kind of robot (possibly Terminator-inspired) power glove in the piece. It's similar to the one worn by Ed Westwick (now playing the charming yet conflicted villain Chuck Bass on the CW's teen melodrama "Gossip Girl") in Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men where he played a video game-addicted teenage son of Clive Owen's art collector cousin:
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