Video Review: Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Outside Ogen City Mall, a roadie sets the dolly down and then wakes a sleeping Tiffany, who is sitting next to a police officer.

By the beach, she has her hand in her hair and sings the lyrics.

Inside the mall, rows and rows of fans wave their arms. Playing in the center, she waves her arm around as people take pictures.

In silhouette, behind an electric blue background with a slash of pink, she dances.

Rehearsing behind some stairs, she puts her hand up, practicing the choreography and then uses the microphone.

In black-and-white, she walks by the train track, running her hand through her hair as the train rolls past. It switches to color, showing her in a hunter green sweater.

At the recording studio, she puts her hands on her ears while wearing the headphones. During a break, her manager pumps his chest to the beat. She laughs at his goofiness.

She looks into the camera while she performs. At one concert, she holds up Gumby. She shakes her shoulders while Cutlery World gets a nice, long promotional spot.

Wearing silver shoes, she walks off a graffitied platform.

Hanging outside a car window, she points to the road, which like a car rearview mirror, is drawn on using early rotoscope.

Three mall concerts down. She wears stonewashed demin jackets and sweaters, dancing by barely alive plants and built-in theaters.

After performing, she and her manager run down the city streets. Against a black background, she moves her hands up to the beat.

By the Great Expectations store, she pulls her shoulder to her neck and looks into the camera, singing. She puts her one hand out while a guy in a white tank top walks out of the store.

On top of the hotel balcony, she sits down and moves her hand up a little. The colors turn to an amethyst with some highlights of pink as she and her manager walk.

In black-and-white, she keeps looking up and down, waiting by a trailer.

The rotoscope returns while she and her guy friend sit outside.

At the beach, she walks up some steps, with some kids and other people. Then, she breaks down in the sand while another guy does a backflip. Her attire: a long-sleeved sweater and skirt with pearls.

At another show, she dances with an older guy right in the common area.

While she walks along, the pier (which switches from black-and-white and back to color again), she puts her hands in her hair. By the stream, she puts her arms out, signaling she made it.

The camera pans to the thousands of people. Her jacket gets loose and she shakes it back to her shoulder then continues to walk down the steps.

She hangs out by the plane, pretending to direct air traffic with her hands and then dances.

In black-and-white, the camera takes still of her being bored. She records again at the studio and then walks with her manager through the latest city. She moves her shoulder out of the way to let another person past her.

In a rural area, she walks past a church and then to the car, which seems to have a flat in one of the tires.

Standing on the second floor of the mall, she puts her hair up again. It’s packed with people, watching her from the railing on the other side and the first floor below people are filed in rows.

In black-and-white, she runs on stage and says hello the people way in the back.

People of all ages unfold their Tiffany album posters. A little girl claps. Thousands of people wave and hold up signs.

At the airport, she points to letters on the sign for the terminal and baggage point. From the second floor, she turns her head sideways, getting a look at the audience below.

At the baggage claim, she sits on the conveyor belt, her hand on her mouth, laughing.

 

Rating: 2/5

The Ogen City Mall (which was located in Utah) is closed, according to Desert News in a 1998 article. But back in the 80s when the video was filmed, it was thriving, providing a time capsule of the era itself. It features local stores (Great Expectations, Cutlery World) that would be known to certain regions and as well as spacious two-story malls that nowadays would seem excessive.

When the video is out of the mall, it tries to become a documentary. Sometimes, it succeeds – like when she is walking along a rural road or when she is waiting by a trailer. However, mostly it fails spectacularly, like using the rotoscope, which only muddies up the images or changing erratically from black-to-white.

Then, there is Tiffany’s habit of constantly pulling her long hair up in order to be cool and sexy. Also, the awkward beach dancing. The camera work only emphasizes it more. When she’s being a teenager (sitting on the conveyor belt, pretending to direct air traffic), she’s bubbly and funny. It’s natural and human, while the rest of the video requires her to be “on” and Pop Star Tiffany, who hikes hair up all the time, with the arrogance to match.

Director: George E. Tobin  Year: 1987

 

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