Director's Series, Vol. 2 - The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (2003) USA
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Director:Chris Cunningham
Studio:Palm Pictures / Umvd
Date Added:2007-04-04
Purchased On:2007-04-04
Picture Format:Pan & Scan
Aspect Ratio:1.33 : 1
Sound:Dolby Digital
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Chris Cunningham  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Aphex Twin  ...  Himself (segments "Come to Daddy" and "Windowlicker")
Stephen Ball (II)  ...  
Robert Ball (VI)  ...  
William Baraket  ...  Businessman (segment "Afrika Shox")
Björk  ...  Herself (segments "All is Full of Love" and "Making All is Full of Love")
Gary Cruz  ...  Homie (segment "Windowlicker")
Brian Friedman  ...  Lead Dancer (segment "Windowlicker")
Beth Gibbons  ...  Herself (segment "Only You") (as Portishead)
Steve Gibbons  ...  Extra (segment "Afrika Shox")
Coral Lorne  ...  Old Lady (segment "Come to Daddy")
Nikki McInness  ...  (segment "Come to Daddy")
Heather McKenney  ...  Extra (segment "Afrika Shox")
Marcus Morris  ...  Homie (segment "Windowlicker")
Takatsuna Mukai  ...  Security guard (segment "Come on My Selector")
Rick Poli  ...  Extra (segment "Afrika Shox")
Kiran Shah  ...  (segment "Come to Daddy")
Al Stokes (II)  ...  
Jim Tosney  ...  Businessman (segment "Afrika Shox")
Carl Antolin  ...  Security guard (segment "Come on My Selector")
Sigtryggur Baldursson  ...  The Drummer (segment "Monkey Drummer")
Robert Ball  ...  Boy (segment "Only You")
Stephen Ball  ...  Body Double (segment "Only You")
Afrika Bambaataa  ...  Car park attendant (segment "Afrika Shox")
Chris Cunningham  ...  Himself (segment "Making All is Full of Love")
Misty Greer  ...  Extra (segment "Afrika Shox")
Junix Inocian  ...  Security guard (segment "Come on My Selector")
Madonna  ...  Herself (segment "Frozen")
Al Stokes  ...  Thin Man (segment "Come to Daddy")
Tony Tang  ...  Security guard (segment "Come on My Selector")
Fiona Maclaine  ...  Playstation Alien Girl
Vanessa Eloy  ...  Monster (segment "Second Bad Vilbel")
Karen Anderson  ...  Little People (segment "Come to Daddy")
Matthew Hoxley  ...  Little People (segment "Come to Daddy")
Damian Keane  ...  Little People (segment "Come to Daddy")
Liz Rutherford  ...  Dog Handler (segment "Come to Daddy") / Animal Handler (segment "Come On My Selector")
Caspert Hunte  ...  Hero (segment "Afrika Shox")
London Reyes  ...  Break Dancer (segment "Afrika Shox")
Mitchell Mertinez  ...  Break Dancer (segment "Afrika Shox")
Raymond Ramos  ...  Break Dancer (segment "Afrika Shox")
Summary: Like the other volumes in the acclaimed Director's Series (featuring the work of Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry), The Work of Director Chris Cunningham offers a feast of visual ingenuity, with one major difference: Unlike the relatively playful brightness of Jonze and Gondry, Cunningham wants to involve you in his nightmares. From the urban monstrosities of Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy" to the limb-shattering weirdness of Leftfield's "Afrika Shox," Cunningham's music videos emphasize the freakish and the bizarre, but they are also arrestingly beautiful and otherworldly, as in the aquatic effects used for Portishead's "Only You," combining underwater movements with ominous urban landscapes. Some of Cunningham's shock effects are horrifically effective (his 'flex" video installation, excerpted here with music by Aphex Twin, is as disturbing as anything conjured by David Cronenberg), while others are cathartic or, in the case of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker," outrageously amusing. And while the eerie elegance of Madonna's "Frozen" arose from a chaotic production, the signature work in this collection is clearly Björk's "All Is Full of Love," a masterfully simple yet breathtaking vision of intimacy involving advanced robotics and seamless CGI composites. In these and other videos, Cunningham advances a unique aesthetic, infusing each video and commercial he makes with a dark, occasionally gothic sensibility. That these frequently nightmarish visions are also infectiously hypnotic is a tribute to Cunningham's striking originality. --Jeff Shannon