So, what I think, is that Je te rends ton amour is somewhat of a rebellious song, if not even an atheist song, because around the time when this song came to me, when I begun to understand it, was when I was going through some of my personal issues with faith, belief system, and just the whole idea of God. When I saw the video, I saw it as returning the love that you had for God (religion, Christianity), giving him back that love, because you don’t have that love for God anymore. So, hence the atheism.
And the paintings I posted here are not by Schiele, but by Remedios Varo, who I’m a huge fan of. She was a surrealism artist, and a pretty unique woman herself. She was one of the first women who I’d consider a feminist, as in she really did whatever the fuck she wanted, not giving a damn what will the others say. And around her time (1920s through 50s) women weren’t really allowed to completely behave the way they wanted. Not until the 60s, but that’s a different story. Varo was an atheist, feminist (possibly androgynous) and all these themes were shown in her work.
While, in my honest opinion, Schiele represents women in quite a degrading way, on Varo’s paintings we see mythological, almost fairy-tale like women. Strong, weak, passionate, beautiful, sexy, insane, ingenious, creative, while shining through with a whole spectrum of emotions. Pain, joy, excitement, fear… Varo wasn’t painting only strange-looking naked women, she was painting a reality, seen through an unknown and strange world of her own.
In Je te rends ton amour that isn’t really shown. That video and song are a tribute to Schiele, but I saw the video being something far more sensual, like the women on Varo’s paintings. The descent and rise of a woman maybe? In the video we see the change in her, as she steps into the church and out of it, a changed person. We also see the pain in her, like on the first Varo’s painting posted in this set.
- Mylene Farmer in her video clip : Je te rends ton amour .
You know… Some elements in the video really remind of Enigma. Well, actually, the video from Enigma, Sadeness. Lots of religious themes, sexuality of a woman, all put together in one… And I just don’t think that Egon Schiele really represents this the right way. I don’t like his work that much. There are different artists that come to my mind right now, I’ll do a photoset in a few minutes.
Mylene Farmer - 2008 Si j’avais au moins…(Le Clip)
Aw. Definitively a favorite moment.
Music video for Je te rends ton amour, directed by Francois Hanss
Je Te Rends Ton Amour
Directed by François Hanss, 1999
Considered to be one of the most controversial music video clips ever released to the mainstream. Tying religious allegory and female sexuality to form a direct criticism of organized religion and the repression of sexuality — the video even managed to be briefly banned in France. Not something that would usually happen.
For those unfamiliar with Mylene Farmer: think Kate Bush crossed with Madonna within Parisian culture. …And, you get the idea.
She is fucking awesome! And, she is fearless in her pursuit of art.
You know what really bugs me about this post? That 3 completely different women, from 3 very different cultures are slashed in one sentence, and basically compared like this. Mylène has been called the French Madonna countless of times, and she’s completely different from her. Just because they happen to become, successful business women, because they both do “shocking” music videos or performances from time to time, doesn’t make them in any way similar, because that’s not art. That’s business. What I search for is music. The fact that they can dance their butt off at 50 is great for them, but I’m personally not interested in that. Business and art have been considered as the same thing for a long fucking time, and that’s just not right. What Mylène does is her thing, what Madonna does is her thing and what Kate does is her thing. All three of them are completely different individuals. I mean, did Renaissance taught us that in art, individualism is the most important thing?
I don’t want to go back to the old “Oh, they are being comparing because they are women…” but… I don’t see men being compared like this, in any field…
And then you fucking wonder why are they making videos where they swim in the pool of blood in a fucking church, while being crucified naked…
Lo-Fi’s 2005 cover of Je te rends ton amour
I kind of like it I guess. The refrain sounds a bit strange to me though. But overall, it’s a pretty descent cover I think.
What do you guys think of it? Comments, reviews?
Dessine-moi un mouton performed live in Russia
The quality is terrible though.