I know a lot of people (read: journalists from print media, mostly aged 40+) complain that the Internet is killing the newspaper but thank you god for the world wide web. Because without the world wide web, we’d have no websites; and if it didn’t have a website, the New York Times wouldn’t have come up with their video features section; and if there were video features, then we couldn’t have seen this gorgeous set of 14 videos showing some of the Western world’s finest (and yummiest) actors.
Directed by Sølve Sundsbø, these beautiful black and white videos show Robert Duvall, Javier Bardem, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Matt Damon, Jesse Eisenberg, Chloe Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Michael Douglas and others. They act out some classic characters from Hollywood. Sundsbø is known for his fashion photography (which is pretty darn spectacular) and these are his first video pieces that I’ve seen. I suppose you can tell his photography background from the way he likes and uses stillness as well as the fact that you can pause at any point to get a brilliantly ambient and evocative image. But there’s also a wonderful dynamic quality to these videos. Of course my first reactions weren’t necessarily so, shall we say, intellectual. See the slideshow’s captions for my incredibly erudite responses, but I recommend you see the videos first. And say a hurrah for the internet.
You can also breathe a sigh of relief because I’ve finally written a post that isn’t 1,500 words long. I’m going to hit ‘publish’ now before that word count goes out of control (again).