It has been almost a month since Darren Aronofsky scarred us all with his anti-crystal meth ads. The screaming, the blood, the hospital gurneys -- they all fit in with the 'Black Swan' filmmaker's interest in exploring the human condition in the most visceral way possible. Luckily, the only frightening thing in the new Aronofsky-directed music video for Lou Reed and Metallica's 'The View,' is, well, the music. The song is from the recently released Reed/Metallica collaboration album, 'Lulu.' The critical response to the record hasn't exactly been glowing -- although, that didn't matter to Aronofsky, who was intrigued the first time he heard 'The View.'
"The first time I heard [it] I was stunned," Aronofsky told IFC. "I had never heard anything like it. Half was all Lou. The other half all Metallica. It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new. I couldn't stop listening to it. Lou's crushing lyrics, and the band's incredible licks."

Although Aronofsky's signature doom-and-despair storyline is absent in the video, the clip does feature a few jarring moments, including shaky closeups on Reed and Metallica lead singer James Hetfield.

Aronofsky is currently at work on his Noah's Ark film, 'Noah.'

[via Pitchfork and IFC]

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