I was chillin with good friends and we were on a Youtube marathon that led to us all becoming hypnotised by the new video for Anna starring Emma Stone. On the second watch me and Brian Fitz realised it was incredibly reminiscent of Spike Jonze/FBS Weapon of Choice. Which we watched next and went on a journey of discovery with the hotel/cruise ship trope in music videos, matched with synchronised dance sequences, panning cameras, lobbies, art deco/hollywood regency decor … As follows…
Here are some more examples I found after a bit of mild research.
My current favourite throwback tune. Also is that Khloe Kardashian’s twin BFFs being rocked in a crib by Ludacris? Alas.
Definitely this, although filmed with no camera movement.
This weird divorce sing along…
Does this count?
I’m going to add this in
I would technically include cruise ships, trains, the Orient Express etc. in this vein.
The hotel comes up over and over again in movies, literature, art, music videos, fashion editorials (like this one at the Greenbrier Resort or this one with Kate Moss at the Ritz), even fashion shows for many reasons. The public/private space allows for multiple characters to be involved, decor can be outlandish and fantastical, there is a sense of adventure or escape. I think it also makes it easier to move a character on from a scenario. Shout out to the Disneyland ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, American Horror Story: Hotel, Sofia Coppola for her outstanding hotel work with Nowhere, Lost in Translation, and even the early Life Without Zoe which she co-wrote with her father, Sophie Calle’s work from 1981, The Hotel, in which she worked for several months as a chambermaid documenting guest’s belongings without their knowledge (pictured below), Lauren Alive Avery’s Tears of Santa Barbara, Fellini’s Grande Hotel Remini in Amarcord, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (its perfection so lets end with it).
The artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s 2014 exhibition, Splendide Hotel, was all about this movement of building hotels, cafés, transport systems, parks, department stores from the 19th century that essentially created a new public space. She talks here about how the serial production of objects freed up creative, personal thought. Hotels give that – think of the classic scenario of a writer booking into a hotel to write uninterrupted. The space not being your own allows you to give up control of its workings and to concentrate on deeper thinking.
Please submit really good suggestions to add to this piece should you have them.
Additionally, serious question, would anyone like to film a fantasy dance sequence in a hotel with me?
Okay gotta go.