UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN LIFE THE ORIGINAL VIDEO

Video          :  American Life

Artist           :  Madonna

Date Released:   2003

Genre          :    Pop

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This original video took years before it saw the light of day.  Madonna decided to do a sanitized version of this video which had her singing or lipsynching behind slides showing different flags of different nations.  Surely, Madonna fans found the move very intriguing as she was never known then to make a turnaround.  She decided to use her sensibilities then and decided to pay respects to global emotion the world had suffered then as a result of 911 incident; she was just being sensitive at that time.  Watch the sanitized video here  or click on the link below first before you continue reading this video review.

Now, the original video surfaced on YouTube and it is time to understand what is it all about.  It started with what seemed to be the usual scenes before a fashion starts.  Innocent but knowing Madonna, you know that along in the middle something will happen.  As the video progress, you feel that she was trying to create many statements not just about herself and her American dream but also about terrorism and how it affects people and how some people react to it.

click this link to view the original video

In the video, you would see violent scenes and audiences at the fashion show laughed, smirk, and applauded the whole fashion show.  Personally, I believed that Madonna did not err on her judgment when she decided to delay and showed different video of American Life.  Had this original video been shown at the time to promote “American Life” single which is also the title of her forthcoming album then, she would have been crucified.

Clearly, the images shown in the video was open to a lot of misunderstanding and debate and since it is from Madonna, it would have give haters a field day to shame her for being insensitive.  People would have dwelt on the images instead of the context with what she was trying to say the.  Now,  12  years after, it’s time to look back and see the video and decide with open mind if this is an excellent video or not.  For me, I’d say it definitely ranked in the top 10 as one of her best videos of all time.

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