Beyoncé and Jay Z have posted the first of a three-part, Bonnie and Clyde–themed mini–art house film, Bang Bang, that they made while filming scenes for their recent On the Run tour. In stark black and white, the couple meet at a Beyoncé cabaret performance before hitting the road in the desert to eat at a diner. A man at another table is reading a newspaper that has both Jay Z and Beyoncé’s faces on it with the headline, “On the Run.” The rapper extinguishes his cigar on a hamburger in the first part of the three-minute Dikayl Rimmasch–directed short, which debuted on Nowness.
“In my first conversation on the telephone with Jay Z, he explained his concept of On the Run,” Rimmasch told Nowness. “He said, ‘We’re not trying to do this literally, it’s not that we’re Bonnie and Clyde. We’re on the run from everything, on the run from becoming a cliché, on the run from doing the same thing again.’ Everything he mentioned was a level of consciousness he has for staying alive as an entertainer and as a human being. He wanted to keep it more abstract because for him it was very abstract.”
Neither of the musicians used their own music for Bang Bang, instead opting for art-house cinema faves “Il Vizio di Uccidere” – a vignette written by composer Ennio Morricone for the 1965 Clint Eastwood Western For a Few Dollars More – and “New York Herald Tribune” from Martial Solal’s 1960 score for Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. Rimmasch, who met the couple through music-video director Mark Romanek (“99 Problems,” Michael Jackson’s “Scream”), also used vintage gear, like 50-year-old Russian lenses, while making the clip.
“Beyoncé and Jay Z are two very intelligent, insightful and thoughtful people, in an almost low-key way, which is how they got to where they are,” Rimmasch said. “They are very aware of people’s attitudes and what energy they are bringing. Once you fully realize that, then the pressure comes off and you just have to do what you’re good at.”
A concert film of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour is set to air on HBO on September 20th at 9 p.m. EST. The couple filmed it in Paris and it will showcase more than 40 songs. The network previously aired 10 songs from the tour as short films.