The Thin White Messiah: watch David Bowie's The Next Day videoBy Andy Morris | 08 May 13
Cotillard! Oldman! Stigmata! The Thin White Messiah has truly surpassed himself this time with a deeply creepy new video from director Floria Sigismondi. Watch the new David Bowie video, the title track from his spectacular 24th studio album The Next Day set in a debauched priest's drinking hole.GQDavid Bowie: new video for The Next Day stars Gary Oldman and Marion CotillardGareth Vipers 08 May 2013
David Bowie has released the latest video from his new album The Next Day, featuring Hollywood stars Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman.
The video, packed full of religious iconography, is for the album’s title track and was written, conceived by and stars Bowie.
Bowie plays a Christ-like figure, performing as the front man of a band in the corner of a pub as various religious figures commit sins of the flesh.
Oldman, who previously worked with the singer on 1996’s Basquiat, which saw Bowie appear as Andy Warhol, plays a priest character who ends up condemning Bowie as a sinful prophet.
Academy Award-winning Cotillard dances for the priest before suddenly suffering stigmata and bleeding all over the floor.
A cardinal is also seen handing out money to dancing girls, while a nun prays quietly in the corner.Evening StandardDavid Bowie is depicted as Christ in shocking video for The Next Day.... starring Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard as a prostitute suffering from stigmataBy Louise Saunders
PUBLISHED: 07:52 GMT, 8 May 2013 | UPDATED: 08:45 GMT, 8 May 2013
He's never been afraid to shock when it comes to his previous work in the music industry.
But David Bowie's latest video for upcoming track, The Next Day, could be set to become one of his most controversial pieces to date.
Premiering the montage on his Vevo page, the video sees Bowie depicted as Christ, while Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard takes on the role of a prostitute suffering from stigmata.
The pair are joined by the legendary musician's long-time pal, actor Gary Oldman, who is seen as a preying priest.
Directed by acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Floria Sigismondi, who was at the helm of Justin Timberlake's recent Mirrors and Bowie's The Stars (Are Out Tonight), the video was conceived by the singer himself and looks set to shock with its theme of religious iconography.
Set in what appears to be a cross between a church and a brothel, the video opens with a fight between a man and a woman as Bowie, depicted as a Christ-like figure in a flowing Biblical-inspired smock, leads a veiled girl into the bar.
The musician then begins performing in the corner as a man practices self-flagellation, whipping himself on the back as he covers himself in blood.
Various religious figures are seen drinking at the bar, while a nun prays quietly and a cardinal hands out cash to a number of scantily-clad dancers.
Cotillard, dressed in just a skimpy black basque, positively smoulders as she sips a martini at the bar alongside a plethora of characters, including everyone from priests to crying brides as a plate of gruesome eyeballs are served up on a plate.
Oldman portrays a priest who takes a particular interest in the French star's character, sniffing around her as he leads her onto the dancefloor.
Within moments, Cotillard is swaying and sashaying seductively in time to the music as Oldman looks on in delight.
Wearing a slick of pillar-box red lipstick and sexy smokey eye make-up, the actress has the room entranced as she performs a series of sensual moves before dramatically dropping to her knees.
Recoiling in horror at what she is seeing, blood begins gushing out of the character's hands as she suffers from a case of stigmata.
Oldman shouts at Bowie, 'You see this? This is your doing! You call yourself a prophet!', as the singer is whipped by onlookers.
A scene of chaos erupts as Cotillard's blood splays all over the other characters and she falls into a pool of her own blood.
Calm is then restored with the prostitute is seemingly reborn, looking fresh-faced and innocent as she weeps silently while wearing a floral garland.
The video - shot at New York City's American Legion building - ends with Bowie simply saying: 'Thank you Marion, thank you Gary, thank you everybody.'
As the third comeback single, the video follows on from The Stars (Are Out Tonight), which saw Tilda play the 66-year-old star's fictional wife, whose world is torn apart by a menacing celebrity couple, played by androgynous models, Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brau.Daily MailMay 7, 2013 21:55David Bowie unveils new video for 'The Next Day' starring Gary OldmanThe film takes place in a pub with a cast and crew of religious characters
'The Next Day' is the third single to be taken from Bowie's current album of the same name. The video was directed by Floria Sigismundi - the photographer and filmmaker who directed Bowie's last video, 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'. She also directed The Runaways
and the video for Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors'.
Alongside Oldman, Marion Cotillard - who won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Edith Piaf also stars in the promo, which takes place in a pub with a cast and crew of religious characters. Bowie plays a Christ-like figure, Oldman portrays a priest and Cotillard plays a saint-like character while a Cardinal hands out cash and a nun prays.
Bowie and Oldman previously joined forces in 1995, when they recorded a duet of Bowie's 'You've Been Around' for guitarist Reeves Gabrels' album 'The Sacred Squall Of Now'. They worked together again in 1996 on the Jean-Michel Basquiat biopic Basquiat
with Bowie portraying Andy Warhol and Oldman in the role of fellow painter/
Oldman is the second actor friend Bowie has enlisted this year, following Tilda Swinton, who played his onscreen wife in the video for 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)', the second single from 'The Next Day', which was released in February.NME
's special collectors' magazine on David Bowie is out now and includes the complete Bowie story, iconic and rare photographs, every era and character analysed, plus classic NME
interviews with Bowie himself.NMEWATCH: David Bowie Debuts 'The Next Day' Video, With Help From Gary Oldman, Marion CotillardThe Huffington Post UK | Posted: 08/05/2013 09:01 BST | Updated: 08/05/2013 09:12 BST
David Bowie wowed us all with news of his comeback album 'The Next Day' earlier in the year, and now he's managed to pull another surprise out of the hat.
The elusive superstar has debuted the video for his title track, and recruited two A-listers, Gary Oldman and French Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, to the cause.
The video was written and conceived by Bowie himself, and directed by photographer and filmmaker Floria Sigismondi.HuffPost