David Bowie’s new album The Next Day (his first in 10 years, don’t forget) is obsessed with mortality and the uncertainty of the future. And in his video for the album’s title track, he taps into those themes of death and resurrection with the help of two world-famous actors who are very good at evoking both of those things.
In the clip, Bowie stands on stage performing for a number of characters that include a violent priest (played with studious pathos by Gary Oldman) and a stigmata-afflicted showgirl (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard).
Bowie plays up the Jesus imagery present in the song’s lyrics – the chorus includes a line about his “body left to rot in a hollow tree” – and in the end thanks everybody for his own professional resurrection.
Check it out below (though fair warning: it’s vaguely NSFW because of quite a bit of blood and a nipple or two).
What do you think of Bowie’s The Next Day now that you’ve spent some time with it? And how does “The Next Day” stack up next to the video for “The Stars Are Out Tonight” (which also featured an Oscar winner)?
Read More on EW.com:
First Look: Costumes from the V&A Museum’s David Bowie retrospective
Album Review: David Bowie, The Next Day
David Bowie rocks out, parties with Tilda Swinton on ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’: Watch the video here