It’s full of blood, Christian iconography, Gary Oldman and a disappearing David Bowie at the end. Wow.
The video is based on a concept ‘written and conceived’ by Bowie, emphasising an ongoing war between the sacred and the profane, mixing in some incredibly strong Christian themes with far more raunchy ones.
It’s weird, absolutely no doubt about that, but it will keep you hooked from start to finish, and the performances from Gary Oldman and the stunning Marion Cotillard make the video more of a film than just a vehicle for the title track off Bowie’s latest album.
The singer and Gary Oldman previously worked together on the 1996 film Basquiat as well as both providing vocals for Reeves Gabrels’ 1995 album The Sacred Squall Of Now.
The video, which was directed by Floria Sigismondi, was removed from YouTube because its ‘content violated YouTube’s Terms of Service’, which is strange considering some of the tasteless tat you can find on there, but it’s still up on Vevo which you can watch here.