|The world famous "face" at Cydonia (located on Mars)|
Muse's Knights of Cydonia video is a narrative music video as the entirety is based on a story of a man named "The man with no name" (a clear reference to Clint Eastwood's character in the "Man with no Name" films.) practicing his fighting skills and going to the western town of Cydonia. He faces off with the sheriff and ends up saving the hot blonde woman. The music video is basically just a short spaghetti western film!
|The holographic version of the band performing in a bar|
|One example of multi-layering in the video|
|The male gaze aspect in the video|
Here is one of the reference examples. You can tell it has taken inspiration from "The Matrix" with the over exaggerated "kung fu" type pose which is used alot in the Matrix trilogy. Also this shot takes reference from Sergio Leone's classic western "The Good The Bad and The Ugly" with the font of the text that is on the screen.
|Blonde woman "mouthing" the lyrics after sung by band|
|3 shots in 1|
|Here is the laser gun, reference to Star Wars again?!|
Joseph Kahn uses very simple and small details which are very effective like the part at about 3:09 when the man gets pushed down the stairs by the "man with no name" and it replicates the sound when guitarist Matt Bellamy slides his hand down the guitar.
|The bedroom scene|
|The futuristic sheriff|
And finally here is a reference to old western films with the typical "title" screen shown before and after to give it the codes and conventions of a typical western. A very small detail yet it is needed and works.
Funny Fact: When Muse play this song live they also play a little intro to the song which is from the famous western film "Once upon a time in the west". They play "The Man with the Harmonica" which is from the film and the Bass player of Muse; Chris Wolstenholme plays the harmonica part. Ennio Morricone composed the song. (he also composed the music for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly). Here is a clip of Muse's version of the Ennio Morricone classic before playing Knights of Cydonia.
Here is a list of all the movie references used in the music video. Sourced from Musewiki
- Star Wars
- The Good the Bad The Ugly
- The Matrix
- Planet of the Apes
- Mad Max
- Blade Runner
- Lone Ranger
- Once Upon a Time in China
- Battlestar Galactica
- Five Deadly Venoms
- Kung Fu
- The Searchers
- Heavy Metal
Here is a link to the "Behind the Scenes of Knights of Cydonia" which is very useful to get the feel of all the ideas that they brought together for the music video and some of the references they adapted into it. It also has some details on why they chose the costumes etc and is useful for us to watch as we will be doing a similar thing in our coursework.
Here is a live version of Knight's of Cydonia played at the recently built (at the time) Wembley Stadium.
The song below inspired Knights of Cydonia, mainly due to the fact that George Bellamy (Father of Matt Bellamy, Frontman and guitarist of Muse) was in the band that made it, listen to it to hear how similar they sound!