There has been a lot of U2 in the air these days.  They’ve played some sold out shows recently here in the Frog’s home town of Los Angeles as a part of their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour that is an amazing combination of music and media.  Check it out here to find out when it is coming to your part of the world (not that they need US to drive traffic to them).  It’s an amazing show that is well worth your time and dollars.

In honor of this tour, this week’s Music Video Monday (#MVM) has pulled a little gem from U2’s EXTENSIVE body of amazing videos.  But which one to choose?!!!

All I Want Is You

In the spirit of looking for the overlooked, we’ve picked one you might have missed.  “All I Want Is You” is the final song on U2’s 1988 album, Rattle and Hum, and was released on 13 June 1989 as the album’s fourth and final single. It is the closing song from the film, Rattle and Hum.

Take a quick gander now:

Director Meiert Avis shot the promotional video in the town of Ostia, outside Rome on 18 April 1989.  Written by Barry Devlin, the video takes an unusual cinematic approach to the song, with U2 band members making only brief cameo appearances. The video tells the story of a little person played by Paolo Risi who falls in love with a trapeze artist played by Paola Rinaldi. This video pays homage to Fellini, who, strangely enough, was shooting his last movie, La Voce Della Luna only a few miles away from this U2 set in 1989.  It also borrows liberally from Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks.

Freaks

What?!!  You’ve never seen Freaks?   Well, then you probably sleep better at nights than we do.  Check out the trailer below.  The “All I Want Is You” video lifts the central love story between a little person and a beautiful acrobat, while leaving out many of the more disturbing elements that Freaks dives into head first.  The movie is DISTURBING on many, many levels and continues to inspire debate even today about its place in film history.  We’ll leave you to decide whether it is ahead of its time or best left overlooked.

Marco Masini – Principessa

We can’t leave you with that taste in your eyes, though, so to finish off this Music Video Monday, we’ll leave you with another Fellini-inspired music video.  This one is from 1995, six years after “All I Want Is You”, and features Frog-favorite Pam Cook.  It’s a much lighter journey to an Italian circus than either of of the above.  Or is it…?  Take a look and find out.

Whew.  We were worried at the end, too, but at least one out of three circus stories ends happily.  (As we have now scientifically proven here.)

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