Back in 2010, American Express, VEVO, and YouTube teamed up for the “Unstaged” concert series, which had big-name movie directors orchestrating live performances that YouTube and VEVO streamed as they happened. Terry Gilliam directed an Arcade Fire concert; Todd Haynes directed My Morning Jacket; Werner Herzog did The Killers; and so on. One of the oddest pairings—or at least almost as odd as Herzog and The Killers—was David Lynch and Duran Duran, who worked together for a show on March 23, 2011 at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. Though mostly just a standard Duran Duran concert, Lynch did generate some special effects and pieces of film that he spontaneously layered over the image of the band at various points during the show. And then after the livestream was over, Lynch went back and recut the footage, adding in his overlays with more care than he could give during the gig.
The resulting film, Duran Duran Unstaged, was picked up by Phase 4 Films, and will likely see a DVD/Blu-ray release at some as-yet-unspecified date. But in the meantime, the movie will air in more than 300 theaters nationwide on Wednesday, September 10, via Screenvision. It’s a one-night-only event, simulcast around the country; and to drum up interest, Duran Duran released a trailer via its YouTube account yesterday:
The trailer is more Lynchian texture than music, though for a better sense of what the film is (maybe), Duran Duran also posted this interview clip:
And digging around further, I found this 2011 snippet of Lynch working on the show:
Also, here’s the Italian trailer, which has more of the actual movie in it:
So there you have it: David Lynch and Duran Duran, together at last. And now I’ll be spending the rest of the day imagining the opening montage of Blue Velvet set to “Save A Prayer.”