Paul Schrader, writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and director of late 70s sleaze gems Blue Collar, Hardcore, and the climate dread classic First Reformed, teamed up with Dylan for a doozy of a music video for “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love),” from 1985’s divisive Empire Burlesque lp. True to form for both artists, the video is an elliptical and visually ambiguous affair, something either half-remembered or imagined all together.
Schrader envisions a glittering, metropolitan Tokyo, wrapping our hero up in a surreal web of mistaken identity, dreamlike romance, Cold War geopolitics, and Yakuza/punk rock conflict. Wide pans and sudden zooms only add to the disorienting effect, as Dylan wanders the city, searching for something we wouldn’t even know how to begin to describe.
From Bob Dylan :: Tight Connection To My Heart (dir. Paul Schrader) – Aquarium Drunkard: July 31, 2019.