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Last Party: Short Film by Peter Lindbergh

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A new "short film" AKA video for Mika's new song, Last Party -- click the image for the video.

 

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April 5, 2015

Mika: Last Party

The flamboyant singer is reborn by Peter Lindbergh

 

Since Mika’s wildly successful debut in 2007 with the album Life in Cartoon Motion, he has often described his career – and its accompanying eight million sales – as an extended plea to be accepted. “I used to dance in my room,” he once said of his early years, “like a private ceremony of begging people to like you.”

 

To achieve this he has gone to ever more extravagant lengths, even coating himself in coloured paint for one promotion, in a sort of Jackson Pollock-goes-to-Benetton moment. But to launch his fourth album, due out later this year, the flamingo-legged showman has forsaken the day-glo and found an unlikely ally in the shape of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh. This film is the 70-year-old German’s first ever music video, and like many of his portraits, it reveals his subject in a previously unseen light.

 

“When you use black and white, you take it out of the real world, out of the banal”

 

Mika as observed by Lindbergh shares many similarities with the images that made the photographer’s name – in particular, his original ‘supermodels’ shoot for US Vogue in 1988, which featured Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Tatjana Patitz. The simple styling of Mika in a plain shirt and the use of monochrome are Lindbergh’s calling cards: “When you use black and white, you take it out of the real world, out of the banal,” he says.

 

It’s unclear how Lindbergh first encountered Mika, though it seems unlikely he had his 2007 stomper “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” as his ringtone. But the inquisitiveness and sense of calm that epitomize Lindbergh’s portraits have allowed a different side of the singer to emerge – stripped of kitsch disguises, Mika’s vulnerability is tangible. Lindbergh’s best photographs have a narrative quality that can give still moments the feel of a silent movie. It is ironic that in his pop promo debut he has made a movie that feels like a still-life. For Mika, the locked-off camera puts his face – and his lyrics – under unforgiving scrutiny. What we find is heartfelt, bittersweet and rather poignant. Who knew he had it in him.

 

Tom Horan is Culture Editor-at-Large at NOWNESS

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Masterpiece. Both video and song.

 

My thoughts exactly :wink2:

 

Last Party was already my favorite songs which I heard from Montreal and now the vid...:wub2: I couldn't ask for more. That was a really beautiful gift from Mika to his fans :fangurl: I'm so proud being his admirer since almost 6 years :wub2:

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Masterpiece. Both video and song.

 

Couldn't agree more. Simply perfect :wub2:

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Masterpiece. Both video and song.

 

:wub2: That's exactly what it is !! THANKS to both MIKA & Peter!! :wub2::wub2:

 

Love,love

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I cried literaly :blink: Song itself didn't have the same effect but with the video... I'm speechless!

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My thoughts exactly :wink2:

 

Last Party was already my favorite songs which I heard from Montreal and now the vid...:wub2: I couldn't ask for more. That was a really beautiful gift from Mika to his fans :fangurl: I'm so proud being his admirer since almost 6 years :wub2:

 

What she says:wub2:

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It took me forever to get to see it (thank you bad internet connection) and I was like: ok, here we go....

Half way through it I went oooo-kay... here we go?

Then I realized that THAT was the short movie..... :unsure:

It's probably my fault, when I read "short movie" I expected a movie which happens to be short, not a singing pic.

Which was good, I like his performance there, but I wouldn't call it a short movie.....

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It took me forever to get to see it (thank you bad internet connection) and I was like: ok, here we go....

Half way through it I went oooo-kay... here we go?

Then I realized that THAT was the short movie..... :unsure:

It's probably my fault, when I read "short movie" I expected a movie which happens to be short, not a singing pic.

Which was good, I like his performance there, but I wouldn't call it a short movie.....

 

Haha! I agree, although I like it, as it probably reinforces the song's message and emotions more than something more complicated visually would. It certainly beats the TOOL 'short (porn-ish) films'!:mikadas:

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It´s the perfect Easter gift. Thank you Mr Lindbergh and Mika :thumb_yello:

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What even is this? I just waited like 30mins for the link to load but i never saw any Mika :sneaky2: i'm really annoyed :badword: i neeeeeed this, whatever the hell it is

 

Here is a download for the video: https://www.sendspace.com/file/q1hvb7

 

(Sometimes the site chooses automatically the option "download with sendspace accelerator and get recommended offers", if that's the case remove the hook before downloading)

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Here is a download for the video: https://www.sendspace.com/file/q1hvb7

 

(Sometimes the site chooses automatically the option "download with sendspace accelerator and get recommended offers", if that's the case remove the hook before downloading)

 

thank you so so much for the link :flowers2:

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Wow...I'm moved...

It comes as a shot straight to the heart...

I've never seen Mika so...He's grown, artistically and emotionally, I can't wait to hear the album!

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My thoughts exactly :wink2:

 

Last Party was already my favorite songs which I heard from Montreal and now the vid...:wub2: I couldn't ask for more. That was a really beautiful gift from Mika to his fans :fangurl: I'm so proud being his admirer since almost 6 years :wub2:

 

It was my favorite from Montreal too. I was in tears every time I heard it, moreso the first night.

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This is the best video he has ever done. Simple stripped back to the barebones visually, yet in b/w it gives so much depth to the lyrics of the song. THIS is the video everyone who has ever ridiculed Mikas image in the past needs to see, and they will see that he is not just the flamboyant showman, that they have seen on tv.

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Here is a download for the video: https://www.sendspace.com/file/q1hvb7

 

(Sometimes the site chooses automatically the option "download with sendspace accelerator and get recommended offers", if that's the case remove the hook before downloading)

 

This link says its been moved or is unavailable, but thank you for trying :hug:

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This is the best video he has ever done. Simple stripped back to the barebones visually, yet in b/w it gives so much depth to the lyrics of the song. THIS is the video everyone who has ever ridiculed Mikas image in the past needs to see, and they will see that he is not just the flamboyant showman, that they have seen on tv.

It is really beautiful. Singing straight to camera, Mika has nowhere to hide. He was brave to do this, and it's really paid off. His performance of the song is wonderful and I love how the music builds towards the end of the song.

I agree, this is a really mature Mika. Let's hope everyone who sees the video, loves it like we do.

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This is the best video he has ever done. Simple stripped back to the barebones visually, yet in b/w it gives so much depth to the lyrics of the song. THIS is the video everyone who has ever ridiculed Mikas image in the past needs to see, and they will see that he is not just the flamboyant showman, that they have seen on tv.

 

:thumb_yello: I agree in every word you say here Rose! :wub2: Today I've shown the vid. to my whole fam. being here for dinner, inkl. my 70 y.o brother, and they're all speechless! :blush-anim-cl: Imo, we've never earlier seen MIKA so emotional and into the lyric of a song, with his heart and soul :wub2: And imo, they way the vid. is shot - with half his face "in shadow" reinforces the sadness and desperation of the lyric...:wub2:

 

Love,love

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Me, too! Haha never thought I had that in me, watched a video and cried like a fool..

I cried literaly :blink: Song itself didn't have the same effect but with the video... I'm speechless!

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It took me forever to get to see it (thank you bad internet connection) and I was like: ok, here we go....

Half way through it I went oooo-kay... here we go?

Then I realized that THAT was the short movie..... :unsure:

It's probably my fault, when I read "short movie" I expected a movie which happens to be short, not a singing pic.

Which was good, I like his performance there, but I wouldn't call it a short movie.....

 

haha, yes, i also expected more something like the myh video... peter lindbergh had an easy job there! :naughty: i really love mika's performance tho, very intense. :wub2: and, also like i already said on the other thread, i love it that mika himself is in the video. :biggrin2:

 

Imo, we've never earlier seen MIKA so emotional and into the lyric of a song, with his heart and soul :wub2:

 

oh, i wouldn't say that... you're right about official performances i guess, but at gigs he has often performed songs so intense. guess it's just more obvious here, because all you can see is his face and the emotions, nothing there to distract.

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It is amazing how something so simple can be so beautiful and inspiring. The video was too lovely. I enjoyed it quite a lot. As well as the song.

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peter lindbergh had an easy job there!

 

:yeah: He didn't step away from his comfort zone, I guess :teehee:

 

But he had Mika dump suits and fashion and make up for a while, which is good enough for me to support this guy's choices. He went like"ok, I'm doing this video for you, but you need to drop that ****. Do we have a deal?"

I like the outcome they got.

 

But the thing is, if you tell people you just released a short movie, people guess what? Expect a short movie.

Then they get a kind of selfie, which is good and intense, but they still get disappointed cause they went for a story.

When I watched Hozier's video of Take me to church, I expected him singing but I got a quite emotional, involving and upsetting story, so I was like woah.

When I watched Mika's video I held my breath but I ended up with almost nothing. Luckly there were some intense emotions as well, so they kind of saved the day, but still....

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