What's the Lady Gaga/Fiona Apple connection?
April 5, 2009 6:03 PM   Subscribe

Is Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" music video intentionally similar to Fiona Apple's "Criminal" video?

Also, is there a name for the lighting technique used in both videos, that makes everything seem seedy and porno-ish?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It's really just underlit. And they aren't using professional techniques like a diffuser, so they are getting hard-edged shadows. One step above putting a light on the camera.
posted by smackfu at 6:45 PM on April 5, 2009

It's a pretty common style, meant to evoke decadence I think. this guy uses it a lot.
posted by delmoi at 6:51 PM on April 5, 2009

Best answer: It is meant to look like a polaroid, your best choice for making home made porn and not having to show it to strangers, before the digital age. Also, if you take the video alongside the lyrics, both songs use the classic come on "wow, I am (was) so wasted, someone probably could (did) take advantage of me".
posted by idiopath at 8:31 PM on April 5, 2009

Well, Mark Romanek, the director of 'Criminal' said (on the commentary track) that the visual style was directly influenced by the photography of Nobuyoshi Araki (NSFW google image search).

Don't know about the connection between 'Just Dance' and 'Criminal', but the latter was not a original idea as such.
posted by slimepuppy at 5:05 AM on April 6, 2009

slimepuppy - I think Romanek was referring to the other Araki (the Japanese-American film director.)

idiopath - I don't know how you get that interpretation, the Criminal lyrics don't mention anyone being wasted

Both artists are from New York and both videos have that stylish 'New York loft' look about them.
posted by Lanark at 9:06 AM on September 13, 2009

Lanark: "the Criminal lyrics don't mention anyone being wasted"

idiopath: "if you take the video alongside the lyrics"

The video for Criminal opens with scattered empty beer bottles, and bodies passed out on the floor.
posted by idiopath at 10:02 AM on September 13, 2009

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