With the release of his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West’s short film has surfaced to the top of the music video scene for the month. “Runaway” is not only a song from his album, but also a 35-minute long, short film directed by the rapper himself. The short film was inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Purple Rain”.
Filmed in Prague during the summer of 2010, the short film originally premiered on MTV on October 23. “Runaway” depicts the romantic story of a man and a half-woman, half-phoenix, played by model Selita Ebanks. The short-film is set to a nine-song compilation from West’s newest album.
According to West, “Runaway” allows the public a window-view of his personal triumphs and tribulations, and was inspired by ex-girlfriends and other women who have touched his life.
“I wanted every girl I ever been in a relationship with to feel like a piece of her was being represented. And even for my mother to feel like a piece of her was being represented when she sees this,” he told MTV.
Although specific women inspired the film, West claims that the song is meant for every female viewer.
“[It’s] just for females to connect with the different emotions, and also it’s a representation of creativity and just being different,” he said. “Like that main point, the world knocks the wings off of the phoenixes and turns them to stone.”
Ebanks, Kanye’s co-star in the film, said that there is one moral to the video story: “the world doesn’t accept, or they try to change, what is different, instead of trying to understand it.”
There is much to love and wonder about in West’s short film. Take a look and tell us what you think.