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Sunday, 20 May 2007

Hermes Mangialardo "Blow"

It's about time I suggested a Flash movie. The Italian Hermes Mangialardo's "Blow" is a striking music video drawn in black and white, with a towering giant raging at life and the world in general. I've actually read different summaries of what it all means but I'm not sure I understand them. Whatever, I like the lead singer's strong vocal (and strong lyrics!) from the band Add N To (X) (http://www.addntox.com/) with its pounding rhythm, complemented by the strong imagery from Hermes. You can view this and his other excellent work at Hermes' site http://www.h-e-m.it/. "Victims" for example is very short but nonetheless a hard hitting reminder of the victims of war with photographs of what I imagine are those murdered in Cambodia; whilst Words World features the Italian band Archivio and a characteristically bold and again black and white presentation of words and letters.

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