Walking on Broken Glass

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to “Walking on Broken Glass” by the incredible Annie Lennox.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 22, 1992

TRIVIA: Directed by Sophie Muller, the music video is based in part on the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, and on period films dealing with the late 18th century, such as Amadeus. John Malkovich, who starred in the former film, is joined by Hugh Laurie, in character as Prince George, The Prince Regent from Blackadder the Third.

The setting of the video is that of a salon evening at Prince George’s Carlton House, and is meant to represent an assembly of nobles and notables for an evening of society, gambling and dancing, the highlight of which is the arrival and feting of the newlyweds, the groom of which is played by Malkovich.

Annie Lennox’s character is striking in her somewhat unusual dress (a royal red in an environment dominated by white, a stage costuming technique designed to draw significant attention to her), and in wearing a ‘Turkish’ headdress hat in an environment dominated by wigs of the period. Lennox’s character displays significant pique, as she is emotionally wounded by the appearance of her former lover on the arm of his new bride.

Throughout the video, she tries to communicate the conflicting emotions of jealousy, continued desire, and anger towards this man who still clearly holds her heart. In the process, she spurns the previously welcome advances of the Prince Regent (Laurie), and repels him, to his embarrassment.

See you next Tuesday!!

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