We like the Coldplay-ish Irish-Scottish band Snow Patrol well enough, and so do a lot of other people (their latest CD, Eyes Open, was the best-selling record in the U.K. last year, and it went platinum in the U.S.). But we love the music video for their latest single, “Open Your Eyes.”
It’s actually one half of the cult 1976 short film C’était un rendez-vous, in which the viewer’s P.O.V. is that of a driver racing through Paris at dawn, recklessly running red lights and generally cruising through the streets (sometimes the wrong way down one-ways) without ever once stopping — except at the very end. Legend has it that director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman), who licensed the film to Snow Patrol, shot it in one take without getting a permit, and was arrested after its first screening.
Set to Snow Patrol’s pensive, anthemic music, it’s exhilarating, eerie, dreamlike.
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