Kanye West “Runaway” (Full-Length Film) Stream
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, released November 22, 2010, on Roc-A-Fella Records. Following a hiatus from his music career, West worked on it through a communal development that involved him and other musicians and producers contributing collectively to its music. Recording sessions took place primarily at Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, Hawaii during 2009 to 2010. Production was handled by Kanye West and several other record producers, including Jeff Bhasker, RZA, No I.D., and Mike Dean, among others.
Runaway is a 2010 American musical short film directed by Kanye West. It serves as the music video for a compilation of songs from West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It is inspired by other music-related films such as Purple Rain, Pink Floyd The Wall and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and painters Picasso and Matisse. Directors Federico Fellini and Stanley Kubrick as well as fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld are also direct inspirations. The film depicts a romantic relationship between a man and a half-woman, half-phoenix, and is set to music by Kanye West from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010).
The film opens with Griffin (West) running down a road in a forest with his shirt unbuttoned, followed with a narration by Nicki Minaj in an English accent. Griffin is then shown driving his MTX Tatra V8 through the forest with “Dark Fantasy” playing in the background.
A phoenix (Ebanks), appearing as half-woman and half-phoenix, crashes down to Earth as a meteorite and Griffin crashes his MTX Tatra V8 in the forest. This scene, according to GQ, echoes West‘s car accident that was the inspiration for “Through the Wire“. While the car explodes in the background, Griffin carries the phoenix in his arms and brings her home.
The phoenix comes into contact with objects from the human world, including a news display on a flat-screen television and a porcelain teacup. After she dances to a remix of “Power” that Griffin plays on an MPC2000XL, he takes her to see different sights, including a carnival with a papier-mâché bust of Michael Jackson, a marching band, and fireworks in the desert. “All of the Lights” is heard during this sequence.
Griffin falls in love with the phoenix and they attend a formal dinner party, during which “Devil in a New Dress” is heard. The disgusted guests appear to exchange negative comments about the phoenix. An upset Griffin responds with a performance of “Runaway“, backed by an interpretive dance sequence with ballerinas in black tutus, followed by a slow-motion sequence where lead dancers perform solos to an Auto-Tuned continuation of the song.
The diners toast to the lyrics saluting the “douche bags” and applaud Griffin‘s performance. The dinner ends when the phoenix, horrified, screams in anguish at the revelation that the main dish is a large turkey, driving the guests away from the table. The beginning of “Hell of a Life“, is played during this scene.
It then cuts to a scene of the phoenix sitting in Griffin‘s garden whilst a dark cloud overwhelms the sky; accompanied by “Blame Game“. After the dinner, the couple is seen sitting outside under the stars (in a scene reminiscent of Jackson‘s Moonwalker) where they chat about the creation of sculptures. The phoenix claims there are phoenixes that have been turned to stone by society. She comments on the repressive nature of his world, declaring, “Do you know what I hate most about your world? Anything that is different you try to change”.
She then tells him she must burst into flames to avoid this fate, and thus, return to her world. Griffin, however, cannot accept this and they make love to “Lost in the World” (featuring Bon Iver). He wakes up the next morning on his apartment roof, only to find the phoenix ascending into the sky, wearing a gold breastplate. The film ends back in the forest scene from the beginning of the film.
Runaway was filmed in Prague over the period of four days in the summer of 2010. The script was written by Hype Williams, while the story was written by West. Vanessa Beecroft served as the art director with Jonathan Lia producing. West describes the video as an “overall representation of what [he dreams]” and a parallel to his music career. Speaking to MTV News, West said he wanted women in his life, including his mother and ex-girlfriends, represented in the video and for them to “connect with the different emotions”. According to model Selita Ebanks, who co-stars in the video, the moral is “the world doesn’t accept, or they try to change, what is different, instead of trying to understand it”. The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the BET Awards of 2011, and West was nominated for Director of the Year. Follow on Twitter @kanyewest @MedievalBeatz Purchase Hip Hop Beats
Music video by Kanye West performing Runaway (Full-length Film)