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Coldplay: God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (2003)

Another day in the life of a common businessman...except that each movement he makes in between meetings and social encounters with friends or strangers turn into a dreadful nightmare where... See full summary »

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Guy Berryman ... Himself
Jon Buckland ... Himself
Will Champion ... Himself
Coldplay ... Themselves
Paddy Considine ... Businessman
Chris Martin ... Himself
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Another day in the life of a common businessman...except that each movement he makes in between meetings and social encounters with friends or strangers turn into a dreadful nightmare where he slowly disappears with each of his limbs fading away out of nowhere and turning him into a desperate being. That's the concept behind one of Coldplay's greatest videos. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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October 2003 (USA) See more »

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With style and grace
6 May 2017 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Coldplay at their one of their greatest clips and songs moments, this one from the successful "A Rush of Blood to the Head" album presents the band performing the great song intertwined with actor Paddy Considine playing a businessman who keeps fading away each shot goes by, painfully succumbing to an inexplicable disappearance of his limbs one by one practically. Chris Martin and company's song seems to talk about a glorious achievement while the video gives us such unusual scenery that makes us terrified and imagining a deep reflection about mankind and the way we are perceived by the world. We keep, slowly, fading away without possibility of fighting back or understanding what's happening.

Jamie Thraves re-teams with the group right after the excellent conceptual "The Scientist" and makes of this clip a must-see experience. Considine is amazing in the leading role, showing a real and worrying desperation that feels realistic; Thraves' presentation is quite interesting, with a very admirable use of black-and-white cinematography, at times in slow motion, offering a bleak and sad view of our leading character going through simple situations that turn into awkward such as meeting his mates at a restaurant or bumping into a complete strange man of whom he tries to avoid - the first clear sign that something is definitely wrong with his life. There's a symbolism with this guy. As for the music, it's one of my favorites from the album, their magnum opus which they thought it couldn't have been equaled due to its spectacular success and favored criticism. The video works, it sells the song despite some contradiction and in other technical aspects, it's quite economic and of great effect and power. A sweet classic clip from early 2000's. 10/10


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