'The View': Darren Aronofsky Directs Lou Reed And Metallica Video

12/03/2011 12:11 pm ET

Lou Reed and Metallica may be getting pummeled elsewhere, but the one fan they have is perhaps the only one that matters -- Darren Aronofsky. The visionary directed a video for Loutallica's "The View," which IFC premiered, merging these artists in a way that their music almost (ALMOST) starts to make sense.

"The first time I heard 'The View' I was stunned," Aronofsky said in a press release. "It was a marriage that on the surface made no sense, but the fusion changed the way I thought about both artists and morphed into something completely fresh and new."

Reed's thoughts? "Possibly the best video ever made. Black and white filmic noir."

The black-and-white cinematography on "The View" starts out soft, but progressively gets more disturbing -- shaky, distorted shots alternate between Metallica and Reed, playing the two off each other in a strangely effective way. Could Aronofsky could make a Loutallica believer out of you, or is this pairing still the worst collaboration of the year?


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