The artistry of many music videos is notably lacking, but there are also a lot of very thoughtful ones out in the big wide world of media. The work of Floria Sigismondi is one such gem, whose video for the White Stripes song “Blue Orchid” can be seen above. As far as I can tell, which is to say my very subjective opinion, is that this video has something to do with either Eve, or Lilith, the fabled first wife of Adam who refused to be ruled by him and was transformed into a demon for her transgression. The apple and snake seem to support an interpretation that the red haired woman is Eve, and its interesting to note her stilted motions down the stairs, perhaps reminiscent of God’s condemnation of the serpent to crawl on its belly. Also, in some versions one way that Lilith rebelled against Adam was to refuse to lay under him, which plays off in an interesting way with the equine imagery and the seemingly violent image at the end of the video.
Apparently Sigismondi’s first feature length film, “The Runaways”, will be coming out soon, and it will be interesting to see what she comes up with.
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