Beyonce & Jay Z – Bang Bang Pt. 1 (Short Film)

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Jay and Bey’s On The Run Tour came to an end with a final performance in Paris this past weekend and now they’ve decided to share Bang Bang, the 3 part short film by director Dikayl Rimmasch that they’ve been teasing shots of over the course of the tour. Shot in black and white on vintage Russian lenses, the film is a take on the Bonnie & Clyde legend.

Watch below.


Two American outlaws speed through the Californian desert in a dusty 1960s Pontiac GTO with a manifest poise and stylish swagger that could only be embodied by the world’s foremost musical couple: Beyoncé and Jay Z. Directed by the New York-based filmmaker and photographer Dikayl Rimmasch and soundtracked by an Ennio Morricone classic, Bang Bang is a trilogy of short films starring Mr and Mrs Carter that appeared throughout their two-and-a-half month long tour, On the Run, which celebrated its finale on Saturday at Stade de France in Paris. Rimmasch was introduced to Beyoncé and Jay Z via Mark Romanek, and with a creative cohort in the war photojournalist William Kaner put together a filmmaking approach and aesthetic inspired by French new wave cinema and the powerful intimacy of legendary independent director and mentor, Les Blank. Rimmasch’s stripped-back process paid dividends, allowing an incredibly fast, shoot-from-the-hip style using custom camera rigs that he had designed, 50-year-old Russian lenses and lighting effects by Archie Ciotti and Scott Spencer.

Head over to Nowness for a short Q&A with the director, who explains what he was trying to capture with the short, some of the filming process and what the simplicity of the film’s style.

Here’s an excerpt:

How did you work the Bonnie and Clyde story in a new way?
DR: In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z he explained his concept of On the Run. He said: “We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything. On the run from becoming a cliché. On the run from doing the same thing again.” Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract. How do you stay new, not just to your audience but also yourself?

Part 2 drops tomorrow.

Previously: Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz & Timbaland Record “Versus”


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