Davis Silis - 1st Aug 2013

A gentle tumble of timpani opens the latest collaboration between Fiona Apple and cinematic maestro Paul Thomas Anderson. A departure from their previous videos together, the last of which was released some thirteen years ago, 'Hot Knife' is a riveting display of two artists who have honed their respective crafts to brilliant, elegant simplicity.

Fiona Apple's spellbinding performance is captured and beautifully photographed by a director who clearly knows how to pull the right strings to create a piece of film that is achingly full of soul. Sure, it's easy to point out that Apple and Anderson have a personal history together that went beyond just artistic collaboration, but reducing this video like that would be as crass and shortsighted as saying a work of modern cinema like There Will Be Blood is merely the result of casually flipping through a Sinclair novel.

It's simple, really. 'Hot Knife' is a master of cinema in the boundless playground of music videos. A true, contemporary auteur capable of luring incredible energy and spirit from the most basic foundations of the music video form.


DirectorPaul Thomas Anderson
ProducerPaul Thomas Anderson
ProducerFiona Apple
EditorBrendan Walsh

Davis Silis - 1st Aug 2013

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