Watch the Video For ‘Immigrant Song,’ With a Peek at the Opening Sequence of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
The beginning of the working relationship between director David Fincher and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was the opening credits to Fincher’s film Seven, in which a remix of the NiN song ‘Closer’ was used as the uncomfortable sonic accompaniment to a montage of the film’s killer assembling the sort of notebook that would peg even the most mild-mannered next-door neighbor as a crazed sociopath.
The continuing relationship between Fincher and Reznor has resulted in a massive amount of music that Reznor and co-conspirator Atticus Ross composed for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
One song on that score that Reznor didn’t write is a cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song,’ featuring Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on vocals. We got our first taste of the song in the film’s teaser trailer, and then via a free sample when the full soundtrack details were announced last week. Now we’ve got a video for the song; it begins as a black and blue collage of low-resolution images that we’ll see as part of the opening credits for Dragon Tattoo. Trent Reznor and a strange Fincher opening credits montage: things have come full circle. Check out the video below, along with another video piece about Dragon Tattoo that shows off some footage you might not have seen.
What an unlikely, but great pairing Fincher and Reznor have become. Even that first layering of their sensibilities in Seven (which was, admittedly, as much title designer Kyle Cooper as it was Fincher) demonstrated just how well their ideas go together, but the continued pairing for The Social Network and now The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a lot more rich than I ever would have guessed.
The video is via Pitchfork. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens on Dec 21 but starts to screen in earnest this week. We’ll have a review up on Tuesday, when Sony gives the go-ahead.