Video Review: Spandau Ballet "True"

In a faded lilac shadow, Gary appears in four split screens. John is added to the final corner, which evolves into a full screen. On the left side, Tony sings. To the right, Gary plays the guitar. On the right, he plays the piano and Tony sings again.

The half-covered stage is lit in shadow, forming the illusion of a flower petal. Tony stands on the stage. Holding a microphone, Tony covers his own image. The screen splits to show Tony from a different angle. He puts his hand to his heart while Gary plays the piano. John hits the cymbal and turns away from the drum set as the stage fades to black.

In the wavy white light against the darkened stage, Tony continues to sing. In the middle of the screen, Gary strums the guitar. Black straight lines form on both sides of Tony’s face. On the right and left, Gary and Steve sing.

On the half-covered stage, a fuchsia sun passes over Steve as he plays the saxophone. The screen splits into two different angles. The left shows the sun while other has Steve playing the saxophone. In another screen split screen, his shadow is seen to the left.

Tony continues to sing in the center. It splits every so often to show a band member playing in shadow. In the center, Gary plays the piano and is seen briefly in full. Tony dances as his shadow matches his moves.

Rating: 3.5/5

Set against a romantic backdrop, the shadows create a dream-like atmosphere of a fading, refined singer performing for a lost crowd.

Tony seems to be carved from the mind of a lonesome woman, yearning for the love of a dashing man from a forgotten age. He implores her with sweet nothings and promises of faithfulness. Against the darkened background, the ocean waves lap at the shore as Tony sings through his own sorrow late at night on the beach.

For the young woman, Tony was a composition of the men she had seen perform at her favorite retro nightclub. Like her, they were struggling, getting by on tips from the audience. Dressed in four piece suits, they reached out to the audience and would often single out a young woman sitting in the front row. She had hoped to be picked one night but was never chosen.

The club closed several years ago. However, the passionate male singers live on in her mind each night. As they sing, she falls in love all over again, wishing for better days and simpler times.

Director: Russell Mulcahy Year: 1983

 

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University and has been published in the White Wall Review.

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