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Stephen Klein Talks Alejandro

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As soon as Lady Gaga's new video dropped, people either loved it or hated it.

Alejandro's director, Stephen Klein, gives the deets on the concept and inspiration for the piece.

He said:

"She likes epics. It fits her personality. We combined dance, narrative and attributes of surrealism. The process was to express Lady Gaga's desire to reveal her heart and bear her soul.

On a music video there is never enough time. We had planned so much and achieved much of that, but of course some of it we were not able due to time constraints.

The politics came out of the story, but was not the official intention."

Wowsa! We wonder what else they would have done if they had the time.

We LOVE the finished product!

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  1. 1

    OH LOVES IT! THE GENIUS TALKS ABOUT OUR LEEGEND! PRAISE HER, PRAISE!



  2. 2

    THE VIDEO WAS EPIC JUST LIKE THRILLER. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT. SHE LOOKED GREAT. THE DANCING WAS AMAZING AND COORDINATED. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT.



  3. 3

    noteveryone either loves or hates it. theres rather a lot of people who watched it and went 'meh'. its just a rather predictable exercise in button pushing, no depth, no substance.



  4. 4

    Hmmm..Whatever. Alejandro sounds like a song about a stressful relationship.
    so what the hell is up with the video?!
    Someone explain.



  5. 5

    HIS NAME IS SPELLED STEVEN, FOOL!
    ANYWAY. SO THIS VIDEO WAS JUST LIKE SHE WANTED IT TO BE, EPIC. VERY ORIGINAL. NO ONE HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS. ONE WORD: LEGENDARY!



  6. 6

    horrible epic video.



  7. 7

    Biggest heap of over-budgeted SHIT i've ever seen in my life. What a load of crap! Thought provoking? No. Art? No. Overstylised? Yes. Unnecessarily disrespectful? Yes. Actual Message? None. Just emphasises the mediocrity of that song! 8 minutes and 43 seconds I'll never get back.



  8. 8

    PEOPLE PROLLY GOING TO MANTION GRANNY MADGE, SO HERE WE GO. YES SHE LOOK LIKE MADONNA IN THE FACE WHEN SHE WEAR THAT ROCK OR WHATEVER.
    THE TRUTH IS MADONNA HAVE NEVER DONE EPIC AND WELL DIRECTED VIDEOS LIKE THIS. LOW BUDGET. AND SHE IS SHOWING OFF HER BODY AT THE AGE OF 61, TALKING ABOUT AGE INAPPROPRIATE.



  9. 9

    I wouldn't call it epic.
    I'd go with the words "tasteless" and "tacky".



  10. 10

    I loved the different concepts incorporated in the video. I also loved them the first time I saw them back in the 80's in Madonna's videos. Lady RipOff. So over it.



  11. 11

    I love the video. Gaga and Klein are awesome artists!



  12. 12

    I love it. As usual, a job very well done! And, love the mushroom wig!



  13. 13

    wow seems like a madonna from days gone by



  14. 14

    The video had to grow on me. It's BRILLIANT! You have to admit one thing, whether you love the vid or not, Gaga knows how to get people talking. ;)



  15. 15

    Her videos are always crazy. Can't expect anything more from her. I guess it's her thing!



  16. 16

    The video has no correlation to the song. I'm sick of gaga.



  17. 17

    I LOVE IT! Gaga keeps pushing the envolope. Shes such a artistic genious!! I love the subliminal messages of "dont ask dont tell". She makes such great impacts with so little.



  18. 18

    Awesome work :)



  19. 19

    i love the song. but the music video is terrible in my opinion.
    shes trying to make an epic video but its just weird.



  20. 20

    perez u suck just like this video, who's clonetina now? shit



  21. 21

    Love it as always. There will always be haters wasting their time though! lolz



  22. 22

    Re: SwedishSweetheart – lay off the crack?



  23. 23

    Does this make her the singing nun?



  24. 24

    ummmm whatttttt ? That was not epic and will be forgotton in a week. Bad romance? Thats epic.

  25. Jecco says – reply to this


    25

    WOW. Just WOW. Theres no words to explain how AMAZING that video was. Praise Gaga! OMG as usual she surprised me and WOW. I can't believe how good that video was. Definately EPIC.. EXACTLY like thriller but a little better ;)
    LOVE you GAGA!!!!!



  26. 26

    this was a beautiful video that captured the essence of alejandro, and the power gaga.



  27. 27

    You may hate it or love it, but the fact is that she's obviously evoked enough of a reaction in you that you feel the need to comment.
    THAT is what Lady Gaga is about.
    PS It can hardly be said that there's 'no actual message' - just because you can't manage to see it doesn't mean there isn't one.
    This is incredible.



  28. 28

    PEREZ I FIND IT HARD TO LIKE THIS WOMAN WHEN SHE IS SO COPING JANET JACKSON AND MADONNA THIS NOT ORIGINAL AT ALL AND YOU DONT CALL HER OUT ON IT.CHRISTINA WAS HERE LONG BEFORE LADY UGLY AND U SAY SHE COPYS GAGA I THINK NOT. THERE NOTHING EPIC OR SPECIAL ABOUT USING A RELIGION TO PROMOTE SEX AND WEAR CROSSES ON YOUR CROTCH.



  29. 29

    The Queen of Pop is unstoppable, unbeatable and utterly amazing. She has re-written pop music history and reinvented the art of the music video. Groundbreaking. No one has done anything this amazing before. Praise you, Our Lady and Queen! Bow down to the Greatest Female Pop Star Ever!



  30. 30

    Blah. If there is meaning, it's lost on me. Videos are supposed to express the song with visuals…this is just f*cking weird. It might make sense in her seriously messed up world, but a common Jane like me just scoffs at it. Besides, Madonna did this video with "Express Yourself". She's NOT original! She's just WEIRD AND CRAZY! I used to be a fan, and I like the music, but she's just too much for me.



  31. 31

    SHE IS DEFAMING CHRISTIANITY!!! Don't you guys see it??? She had a red cross on her vagina and she was dressed up a nun pretending to swallow a beaded cross necklace or chain. I am starting to believe she doesn't believe in god!!! Her doing this is basically saying "fuck you" to religion!!!

  32. antom says – reply to this


    32

    PLAESE BITCH ,TAKE OFF THESE DISGUSTING TRANSGENDER , OF MY FACE, HIS VIDEO SUCKS, SUCKS , SUCKS,SUCKS!!!!! YOU CAN SEE HIS BULGE ALMOST COMING OUT OF HIS UNDERWAR, THAT IS VERY DISTURBING TO WACHT . BUT WEREVER, YOU CAN KEEP SUCKING HIS COCK MANY TIMES YOU WANT. HI NOT ONLY RIP OFF THE QUEEN OF POP ,BUT, IN THE VERY CHIP WAY. FUCK YOU PEREZ FUCK YOU BITCH!!!



  33. 33

    SHE IS DEFAMING CHRISTIANITY!!! Don't you guys see it??? She had a red cross on her vagina and she was dressed up a nun pretending to swallow a beaded cross necklace or chain. I am starting to believe she doesn't believe in god!!! Her doing this is basically saying "fuck you" to religion! I agree with Katy Perry!!! Since when did Blasphemy become entertaining???



  34. 34

    Re: SwedishSweetheart – You're clearly a blissfully ignorant power bottom twink that knows absolutely nothing about music, Madonna or art. This video is a lame rip off of countless Madonna videos and the song a lame Ace of Base B-side..I think all the d#cks you put in your mouth have gone too far down your throat and poked a whole in your brain preventing you from thinking logically.



  35. 35

    Re: Platares – Too Bad It's A Copy OF Madonna!!!



  36. 36

    Re: jesyrene – You make me laugh every day when you post your bullshit. Madonna could make a recording of herself taking a shit and she'd still be the Queen of Pop and more original then GaGa will ever be.



  37. 37

    okay obviously we know perez that you are team GaGa … and you are constantly on xtinas ass about being a copycat. when i saw this video i was like okay … ( clearing throat) "YOU ARE NOT MADONNAAAAAAAA"!!! open ur eyes PEREZ! little black mole she made by here eye, gap she created between her teeth, the red lips, THE WHOLE DAMN LATIN SONG, cone bra, the cross in the end! COME ON!!! i am a fan of both of these ladies because they are talented as hell!! but if ur going to accuse one, don't ignore the other! shame on you! christina has ALWAYS had her "dirty" image. just bc she "resembles" GaGa they want to say she is copying her. well if you want to look at talent, Xtina is the BEST SINGER OF OUR GENERATION HANDS DOWNNN!!! dont get too xcited over ur girl just cuz she shows guys in tightts and heels honey



  38. 38

    She will burn in Hell with you Perez… Have fun!!



  39. 39

    I don't like this video at all and really, this is the last straw. I used to be a big Lady Gaga fan and I used to tell everyone about her when she came out with poker face and people never even heard the song. At the time, I thought it blasphemy. I bought her original CD and loved every song. But around the time she came out with Bad Romance/Paparazzi, I feel like she's just insincere and I just never saw her for what she truly was.

    This video, to me, was trying too hard. I think she wants people comparing her to Madonna? But honestly, I think people *coughperezcough* are being too presumptuous to call 'a queen of pop'. And I think she's fizzling. I truly do. It makes me sad when I think about what she once was. If we're going to call her a legend *snort* let's wait till her third Album. Okay?

    *rollseyes* I also think she's trying too hard to prove she's an 'artist'. Ha. Whatever.

    Also, I find the song itself mildly insulting.



  40. 40

    This women is just a wanna be! EPIC? so people 10 years later call her the queen of pop? She is just doing the same thing madona did at the begining of her carrer. Gaga's so original!



  41. 41

    Creative, is my inspiraation, love it .



  42. 42

    At least Madonna was original. If she wants to be like Madonna, she should do original stuff.
    Seriously, could we do without the upside-down cross on the vagina? Seriously I find that to be in bad taste.



  43. 43

    Hey Perez, I actually like lady gaga, but this video wasn't what I expected I don't really like the song that much either. It reminds me of Ace of Base that don't turn around song, and mixed with Madonna's la isla bonita.. I don't think she intentionally copied them, just like I don't think Christina copies anybody. I hope you stop pitting women against each other, its hard for them in the business and you don't seem to be doing that with the men… just saying..



  44. 44

    Ga-ga is the real copycat queen! This video is flooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp.



  45. 45

    Re: jp1988 – Madonna who?

  46. antom says – reply to this


    46

    Art my ass!!piggy fat as, I don't see anything artistic, than showing his bulge all over the place! But wetever, we know you like cock, and MAN CACA has ONE!



  47. 47

    ALL THE GAYS ARE SAYING THE SAME THING, ITS A MADONNA RIP OFF.

    BUT YOU TRASH CHRISTINA WHEN YOU "THINK" SHE COPIES GAGA

    VIDEO SUCKS > NEXT



  48. 48

    Innovator. Trend-setter. Trail-blazer. Her blending of religious imagery and sex is awesome. Queen of Reinvention. Queen of Pop. Bow down to our Lady and Queen!



  49. 49

    That was an interesting video. In the intro of the video, it was somewhat reminiscent of the HIStory teaser with MJ and his group of soldiers. I didn't expect a wintery scene (when I first heard the song a month or so ago I thought of a summery scene with the waves on the beach). Also the video is about 8 minutes (similar to the style of the Thriller music video as a kind of short film, except there isn't any dialogue).
    I've been trying to figure out what was in the pillow she carried when she was in front of the men carrying the coffin…:-/ (Kinda looks like a frozen organ…)

    The best part of the video were the dance sequences. LOL I noticed in one sequence she wore a breastpiece with guns sticking out. Very creative.



  50. 50

    Can we just forget about Madonna and Christina for like 2 seconds here? They're not tagged ANYWHERE in this post. If you like her or dislike her, state your opinions on Gaga, not Madonna or Christina.

    Now about the video. Not her best. I don't think it goes exactly with the song too well, but its her video so she can portray it anyway she wants. It was kind of off to me and I don't really get what she was going for here, but I love Gaga and trust her vision.

    But as I said earlier in the comment…Madonna, Christina and Gaga are all 3 very different people. Fuck bashing, they're all good and they're all artists just trying to make their fans happy with their music. They all deserve respect just based on their love for their fans.



  51. 51

    I don't really get it. It wasn't that great to me. Telephone is EPIC. This was boring. I love me some GaGa… but Maybe Klein should stick to photographing Madonna… That, he's good at.



  52. 52

    I absolutely adore Lady GaGa. Howeverrrrrrr, I didn't love this video. My "fashionista" side loved the custom made outfits and couldn't get enough of course. But if were talking about the message and everything, I just don't get it. And even if I did is it really necessary to dress up as a nun? Sorry my Gagita not this time.

    And whoever compared this video to Thriller earlier should be slapped! >:(



  53. 53

    Best MADONNA video I've seen in years. LOL. She should change her name to Lady Madonna. And Perez gives XTina so much shit??? Really Perez, you flabby, ugly hypocrite?



  54. 54

    What a shitty video. Incoherent and a ripoff of at least four BETTER videos. Sad.



  55. 55

    I don't get it. How does Lady Gaga get away with completely and blatantly ripping off artists from Madonna to now, Michael Jackson and Souxie Soux??? She is the most derivative pop star I have ever seen and yet, all the copycat chatter is about Christina Aguilera. The sad thing is that I think the Gaga is talented, but she is so false, I can't look past her bullshit.



  56. 56

    Re: jesyrene – "The Queen of Pop is unstoppable, unbeatable and utterly amazing. She has re-written pop music history and reinvented the art of the music video. Groundbreaking. No one has done anything this amazing before. Praise you, Our Lady and Queen! Bow down to the Greatest Female Pop Star Ever!"…..glad you finally remember who Madonna is



  57. 57

    Sorry, sounds a bit to familiar, like Ace of Base Don't Turn Around

  58. antom says – reply to this


    58

    MAN CACA ever can't be like Madonna,cuzz there is a ROYALTY in POP Music, where Madonna is the QUEEN and XTINA and BRITNEy are her PRODIGYCAL daugters!!!! MAN CACA just SUCKS .



  59. 59

    I don't get it. How does Lady Gaga get away with completely and blatantly ripping off artists from Madonna to now, Michael Jackson and Souxie Soux??? She is the most derivative pop star I have ever seen and yet, all the copycat chatter is about Christina Aguilera. The sad thing is that I think the Gaga is talented, but she is so unoriginal that it's distracting.



  60. 60

    Gaga's new video is horrid, awful, bad, and it downright sucks!!! Nothing like Bad Romance nor will it ever top it. I don't plan to watch that shit again, that's for sure.



  61. 61

    I LOVE GAGA TO DEATH BUT I DONT LIKE THIS VIDEOS



  62. 62

    Re: SwedishSweetheart

    COMPLETE IDIOT READ THIS!

    (MADONNA BEDTIMESTORIES VIDEO)
    The video premiered as an MTV special entitled "Madonna's Bedtime Story Pajama Party", in which Madonna read a bedtime story, the David Kirk children's book "Miss Spider's Tea Party", inside NYC's Webster Hall to a select audience of invitees (all dressed in bedtime and clubkid wares). The video was, at the time, the most expensive video ever made, costing $5 million [1] . As recently as 2005, the video has been screened in contemporary art galleries (including the Museum of Modern Art, where it is stored in the permanent collection along with another video directed by Romanek for the Nine Inch Nails song "Closer").

    The video was later acquired for the New York Museum of Modern Art's film and video collection.

    * Director: Mark Romanek



  63. 63

    Can't wait until her next video defaming Jewish religious symbols. Oh right, that will never happen. It's only acceptable in the music industry to defame Catholicism.



  64. 64

    Why bother making music videos anymore? It's a waste of money. This format's been dead for more than 10 years now. Besides Lady Caca's a made-for-radio face;at least Madonna was attractive when she was younger.



  65. 65

    I like lady gaga, but this video AND song is S.H.I.T….and besides, song kinda ripped off all that she wants from ace of base



  66. 66

    SHE RIPPED OFF ACE OF BASE!!



  67. 67

    I love Lady Gaga and her music and usually her videos but I gotta say I wasn't really feeling this one…there were some good moments but other than that I didn't really care for it.

  68. cj09 says – reply to this


    68

    Hmm using Catholic imagery to cause a stir…sounds like MADONNA. Who should we call the copycat now Perez?



  69. 69

    You'd love it if she shit on camera, get FUCKING real you big fat cocking sucking queen



  70. 70

    Re: Mushu Baby – Who gives a shit its 2010 not everyone's a Christian.



  71. 71

    Doesn't he mean… " We combined Madonna's single La Isla Bonita released in '87, Madonna's wardrobe and Madonna's set designer from "Express Yourself" circa 1990 and combined them to make this totally original video.

    Why not call out the likeness/idea biting Perez? You do it every chance you get with other artists….



  72. 72

    I am not giving this annoying useless bitch 8 minutes and 43 seconds of my life. No thanks i don't care to watch.



  73. 73

    i'm not saying that i dont like the video (the song is horrible though in my opinion) but i just dont understand what makes her an 'artist' and britney spears or any other pop star a slut. she did way more graphic things in this video than most pop stars have done in their career, i'm not dissing gaga i just want to know how her being put in multiple sexual position is somehow artsy over say britney spears wearing low rise jeans being considered slutty?



  74. 74

    ok seriously? This is not new! Doesn't anybody remember 'human nature'? This is pretty much Madonna in the early 90's…



  75. 75

    I love Gaga, but I thought she went way too far! The music video was all fluff and was just about Gay guys dancing … the dancing was awesome but the video was just disrespectful! She wants people to respect that she is unique and yet she gets basically beat up and dresses as a nun and swallows rosary beads!!! COMPLETELY UN-CALLED FOR!!!!!



  76. 76

    she is very satanic. Ewwwwww..

  77. navik says – reply to this


    77

    well nothing new. same shit over and over again !



  78. 78

    YEAH HE FORGOT TO MENTINON HE GOT HIS IDEA FOR THE VIDEO FORM HIS FRIEND MADONNA. COOL VIDEO BTW BUT DON'T CALL IT ORIGINAL BECAUSE ITS NOT!



  79. 79

    her mock accent is so offensive to people of Hispanic origin, myself included. Who the hell can actually listen to that goofy bullshit without laughing and wanting to turn it off after she makes a fool out of herself mocking a Latina woman?! She has the most banal, idiotic music EVER! Everything she does is so goofy and ridiculous, and I guarantee that all you tween fans of hers (because that's pretty much all there is) are going to be SO embarrassed when you grow up in 5 years that you ever liked her. The same way people later made fun of the Spice Girls, David Lee Roth, Boy George, Debbie Gibson, and all the other ridiculous pop clowns of the past, one day soon she is going to be thought of as a complete JOKE. (that is, to the rest of you who don't already think that).



  80. 80

    Re: SwedishSweetheart – YOU ARE JUST TALKING OUT OF YOUR ASS!! AS IF GAGA NEVER GOING TO GROW OLD LOL AND BTW ITS 51 NOT 61 YOU LOSER!



  81. 81

    Re: FiddyC – REALLY?!! THE 21ST FREEKING CENTURY AND YOU THINK THAT'S SHOKING?! THEY SHOULD SHOW A VIDEO OF SOMEONE BURNING ALL THE SAINTS AND PRIENTS IN THE WORLD!! RELIGION IS CURSE!



  82. 82

    love it. genius.



  83. 83

    I love the message that Gaga bring within,the video has quite fully symbolistic air,but not enough time or inspiration to make it clear to eyes.About her style…c'mon…looks like that "Forever young girl".



  84. 84

    Love it!



  85. 85

    WILL EVERYONE STOP COMPARING 'ALEJANDRO' TO 'LA ISLA BONITA'?! they're 2 completely different songs! also if i didn't know any better i'd this gaga is amazing and creative, but she's an satanic illumanti. just pay attention. she's like obvious.



  86. 86

    I HATED THE VIDEO!!!



  87. 87

    ew. love the song… kinda disappointed by the video :(



  88. 88

    Its way to Madonna to be cutting edge.



  89. 89

    not that i was purposely trying to compare but when i first heard this song it honestly did remind me of madonna's la isla bonita for sure. not saying anything bad about gaga, i like her but thats the vibe i got



  90. 90

    well of course u would love it perez, worship the ground she walks on.
    although i gotta admit its not the worst ive ever seen :)
    good for gaga

  91. C.V. says – reply to this


    91

    GENIUS



  92. 92

    I like her music and I like how she looks but this video makes me feel sorry for her.



  93. 93

    Wow that was a wasted 8 minutes of my life. Perez why do u keep promoting this garbage? The song sucks and the woman is ugly as heck. Im Catholic and it insulted me with all the Christian imagery combined with sex. Pure Garbage!!!!



  94. 94

    this video reminds me of the book "The Handmaids Tale"

    it fits in with it EXACTLY. I suggest you read it and tell me what you think.



  95. 95

    Re: SwedishSweetheart – Oh shut up ya little weirdo lady gaga would NOT LIKE U



  96. 96

    Re: loveprofusion – that is true she has no respect for herself and has sold out to the big dogs that over sexualize every woman.



  97. 97

    Agreed, somewhat blah… La isla Bonita meets Just Like a Prayer



  98. 98

    ya she does anything for attention like manson and shit. She should put creative energy towards the music and not getting anyone talking. If she keeps that up ppl will turn against her.



  99. 99

    I like the song-the video was disturbing.



  100. 100

    It's STEVEN…!!! Geez you have a "fashion" oriented site and you still don't know this kind of stuff?

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