Serena Bramble, an artist with a love for film noir, set about making her very own tribute to the artistry of her favourite genre with the help of Massive Attack.
Bramble, an editor and writer, remixed classic Hollywood film The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir to the tone of Massive Attack’s ‘Angel’ and the results are quite spectacular. In her own words, the project became a “video love letter that distils film noir movies into their atmospheric essence”.
Having put together her own video essay, Bramble and the super-cut-music-video style in which she works, explored the shadows and beauty of film noir. For this Far Out from the vault feature, we take a look at one example from the work, Massive Attack.
In her own words, Bramble explained: “After many long hours, this is my tribute to my favourite genre, to the dark shadows and the profound despair of the soul,” she told Dangerous Minds. “I tried to include as many as I could get my hands on, though there are obviously some that I overlooked, some accidentally (the absence of The Sweet Smell of Success and White Heat are the most obvious and shameful), some purposefully (save Sam Fuller’s 1964 pulp masterpiece The Naked Kiss, I decided to stay strictly within the 18-year period between 1940 and 1958, so absolutely no neo-noirs like Chinatown, and even more importantly, absolutely no colours).”
She continued: “If this should be deleted for copyright infringement (this is for recreational use only, not for profit; all film clips and the music by Massive Attack belong to their respective copyright holders), I’ve had a hell of a time doing it. And just in case I glorified violence and smoking a bit too much, as a semi-pacifist, nonsmoking woman, I can only quote Samuel Fuller: ‘I hate violence. That has never prevented me from using it in my films’.”
Here’s the clip: