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Mark Romanek
Mark Romanek

American filmmaker Mark Romanek directed his first music video in 1986, for The The's "Sweet Bird of Truth". He earned his first MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction nomination for "Free Your Mind", performed by En Vogue, in 1993. In 1995, he directed the video for "Scream", set in space and performed by Michael and Janet Jackson, as well as the New Age surrealistic "Bedtime Story", performed by Madonna. They are two of the most expensive music videos ever made, costing $7 million and $5 million, respectively. "Scream" gained 11 nominations at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, including Romanek's second Best Direction nomination, and his first Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form. In 1997, he won his second Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Short Form for "Got 'til It's Gone", performed by Janet Jackson, Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell. Romanek made his feature-film directorial debut with the 1986 comedy-drama feature Static, which was nominated for Grand Jury Prize at the 1986 Sundance Film Festival. (Full list...)

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Pahit-Pahit Manis

A promotional flyer for the 1952 Indonesian film Pahit-Pahit Manis ("Bitter Sweet"). This romantic comedy, starring Titien Sumarni, Chatir Harro, Turino Djunaedy, and S. Poniman, follows a man named Ariffien as he attempts to woo his boss' daughter but falls for another woman. It was the last production of Banteng Film.

Flyer: Banteng Film; restoration: Chris Woodrich

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