Is This the Most Understated Music Video Ever?

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
Oct. 27 2011 12:15 PM

Kirsten Dunst Listens Quietly to R.E.M.'s Last Single

R.E.M. has always been one of the more understated muti-platinum-selling rock n' roll bands—but this (via Pitchfork) is ridiculous:

Or maybe sublime. I lean to the latter. This is R.E.M.’s final single, by the way: It’s from their greatest hits collection, Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbarge: 1982-2011, which comes out November 15. The director is Dominic DeJoseph. Another version of the video features the poet and performance artist John Giorno—who’s no stranger to understated films: He starred in Andy Warhol’s 5-hour, 20-minute film Sleep.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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