Exclusive: Director Jonas Akerlund Talks About Shooting Duran Duran’s New Supermodel-Packed “Girl Panic!” Video

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When news of a new Duran Duran music video greets fans of THE GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC VIDEO, it’s practically like the launch of a new iPhone. With the group’s legendary history of memorable music videos, the Fab Five have had their share of the bombastic and the serene, whether it be the art-school surrealism of “Planet Earth” and “Is There Something I Should Know?”, the desperate naughtiness of “Girls on Film” or “The Chauffeur”, the cinematic travelogues of “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Save a Prayer”, the playful fantasyland of “Rio” or “The Reflex”, the cool creep of “Notorious” and “Skin Trade”, the epic apocalyptic expanse of “Union of the Snake” and “The Wild Boys”, or the genre reclamation of “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone”. Duran Duran’s greatest videos are battlefield conquests, planted flags marking an unparalleled campaign of victory in the genre. Their legacy stands tall, and their latest album, the throwback All You Need Is Now, is garnering the best reviews of their career. At this point, anyone directing a new Duran Duran video has the same task as designing a new Ford Mustang, formulating a new Coke-brand soft drink, or mounting a Shakespeare revival on Broadway; your latest will have to hold up next to the greatest. The wild boys never lose it — in fact, they own it.

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