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Haven’t slept for two days. And it’s Smashing Pumpkins that keeps me awake (for now).  For a lack of a ‘Landslide’ video available on Youtube, am gonna indulge in one of my favorite Pumpkins songs, ‘Tonight Tonight’. Which reminds me, I’ve long been planning to make a personal video of Landslide if I have the time.

(Album: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness)

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the video was inspired largely by Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, a silent film during turn of the century.  The video used backdrops they use in the theare and special effects that were ridiculous to think in our time but were amazing during theirs. 

The video reminds me of how simply complicated things were at that time.  And how simply complicated I’ve become.

“…crucify the insincere tonight.”

Ironically, for its simplicity, the technical process of making Tonight Tonight’s was complicated I think and must have took a lot of time and artists to put it all together.  The video’s mise-en-scene, of which what Georges Melies was all about, was perfectly executed. Detailed cinematography and the imperfect frame rate was a brilliant idea. And it’s still a love story after all.

Trivia: Dayton and the production crew initially had problems locating costumes for the video because Titanic was being shot at the same time in Los Angeles.  Titanic director James Cameron rented nearly every turn-of-the-century prop and costume in the city, leaving the “Tonight, Tonight” production crew little to work with. Directors Dayton and Faris compromised by renting the leftover costumes and hiring designers to remake them into the elaborate period clothing seen in the video. (Source:


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