Kylie Minogue - Come Into My World (2002)
Yeah, you're reading right, I'm giving the first four-star rating of my rejuvenated eMpTyV website to a Kylie Minogue video. That's the same Kylie Minogue who bounced through her 1988 "Locomotion" video like a living Barbie doll. The same Kylie Minogue who's been a huge star ever since in Britain, Australia and bars where guys pick up guys. The same Kylie Minogue who perpetrated the massively overplayed dance-pop song "Can't Get You Out Of My Head."
But in the hands of Michel Gondry - the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind auteur who gobbles acid a sheet at a time - Kylie becomes immortal just by walking down the street. And replicating herself three times. Instant cloning, even down to the outfit and accessories, that's fucking impressive.
The video is on a one-minute loop, basically. Kylie weaves her way down a few sidewalks and a few streets and winds up back where she started, only to be joined by another clone Kylie when she repeats the adventure. Gimmicky, definitely, but every time Kylie treks back through the streets, the background extras are doubled and eventually tripled and quadrupled. That's a total of four Kylies, guys on ladders, kids on skateboards, metermaids writing parking tickets, motorcycle accident/fights and mattresses being thrown out the second-story window by the pissed-off girlfriend.
Director-file.com says Gondry's shoot, in a Parisian suburb, had over fifty extras and required the entire neighborhood to be closed off to the public for two days of shooting. It also took more than two weeks of special effects duplication to add the twins, triplets and quadruplets into the frames. The "Come Into My World" video is just plain mesmerizing, requires multiple viewings and will put a smile on your smug, cynical face.