Video Review: Sting "Fields of Gold"

In the United Kingdom, the night sky casts an Egyptian light over a decaying village, swamped with weeds on its closed buildings and sidewalk. A golden silhouette of Sting leans against a street light. The silhouette offers a view of the village about twenty years ago, thriving and populated by people of all ages. People ride their bikes on the street and meet in the cafe.

As he walks down the sidewalk, a family passes by a mom-and-pop store.

Lit in Egyptian blue, Sting looks at the sky.

Back in silhouette, students walk to class, backpacks over their shoulders and businessmen return to work. A young woman smiles at her boyfriend while reading a magazine as they plan their future.

The sun begins to rise as Sting gazes up in awe.

Through his legs, families eat out at the restaurants, enjoying the last of the summer day.

The Egyptian light slips through as Sting runs his hand by his neck.

In the cemetery, a woman plants flowers on a gravestone.  A man walks with a cane to visit his wife in the mausoleum. A rose bush spills over a statue.

Sting closes his eyes, basking in the sun light.

At the bookstore, a clerk climbs a ladder, searching for a book for a customer.  A newspaper stand is stacked with the latest editions of papers from New York, California and throughout Europe.

After Sting basks in the sun light, a couple walks down the stairs of a building in his silhouette. Stings stands at an arch and crosses the street, returning back to where he started. The screen fills with a golden light as people spend time in the village.

Rating: 5/5

Nothing ever stays the same. Twenty years ago, the village was the go-to place for families to spend the weekend. The restaurants were featured in tourist guides and the owners often gave interviews to reporters in the United States. The university was renowned for its medical and art programs, turning out surgeons and painters who changed the landscape of their study.

The cemetery was safe and well-maintained. A grieving widow could drive there at night and cry at the grave of their loved one, knowing no harm could come to them.

Then, big box retailers began to buy out the mom-and-pop stores or shutting them down all together, leaving many in the village out of work. Tourism started to decline and the university was unable to meet its enrollment numbers, leading it to close its doors. The cemetery became a crime ridden place where people were attacked, their bodies to be found by the groundskeeper in the morning.

Director: Kevin Godley Year: 1993

 

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