YouTube pull plug on new David Bowie priest video

A screenshot of Bowie's latest video, which Youtube has pulled from the site
A screenshot of Bowie's latest video, which Youtube has pulled from the site
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YOUTUBE has withdrawn David Bowie’s newest music video from its site - hours after being released on the Google-owned website.

The video, featuring Gary Oldman and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, was pulled for violating the site’s terms of use, although the precise nature of the violation is currently unknown.

The promo depicts French star Cotillard as a dancing girl who bleeds from stigmata marks on her palms while Bowie plays a Jesus-like figure in robes fronting his band in a seedy basement bar.

It is the latest stylish video released by Bowie and accompanies the title track from his comeback album The Next Day. His last, for The Stars (Are Out Tonight), featured another acclaimed actress, Tilda Swinton.

The new film, written and conceived by 66-year-old Bowie, was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features an array of religious imagery including a figure who is indulging in self-flagellation.

Oldman plays a priest who dances with Cotillard, who won an Oscar for her role in La Vie En Rose. As she sinks to the floor bleeding from her hands, Oldman turns to Bowie - dressed in what appear to be sackcloth robes - shouting: “You see this? This is your doing - you call yourself a prophet?”

Cotillard’s wounds spray blood all over a topless, veiled albino woman before she rises again dressed in black with tears on her cheeks and bathed in light.

As the video ends with each of the characters arranged in a tableau, Bowie says “thank you Gary, thank you Marion, thank you everybody”, before disappearing.

Oldman - who landed his first Oscar nomination for playing Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy after years of acclaimed performances - previously worked with Bowie when they performed a duet on guitarist Reeves Gabrels album The Sacred Squall Of Now in the 1990s.

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