Behind the Helmets: The Story of Daft Punk’s Headgear

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Dec. 6 2013 12:23 PM

Behind the Helmets: The Story of Daft Punk’s Headgear

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A new doc goes behind the mysterious masks of Daft Punk.

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Despite their ever-increasing popularity, French electronic duo Daft Punk have managed to appear in public almost exclusively in their distinctive, futuristic helmets, a key element of their robot personae. The intricately designed headgear is profiled in a new documentary, “Behind the Helmets,” which explores the inspiration for the disguises created for Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter.

It’s a quick watch that nevertheless goes in depth enough to demonstrate just how much effort goes into concealing their identities, and fans will certainly appreciate its various tidbits about the duo.

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Separately, Daft Punk just released a new video for “Instant Crush,” starring Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas (who also provides vocals) and waxed figures—a colleague of mine accurately describes it as Night at the Museum meets Toy Story 3. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the duo is noticeably absent, save for their music.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.