It’s official: Daft Punk, it’s over! After 28 years of fruitful collaboration, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have indeed separated. Considered as the group that widely popularized the electro genre, the artist duo has also made a name for itself on several occasions in the world of the seventh art.
“We’re up all night to get lucky”
Unfortunately, the best things come to an end. And it’s on an eight minute video called Epilogue that the group announced their separation. A video which, moreover, reminds us that the masked duo has a very special link with the world of cinema.
Collaborations with seasoned filmmakers
In addition to offering his audience atypical pieces, Daft Punk has known how to stand out for the depth of their clips thanks to to a staging and a production worthy of the best feature films. To achieve this, the group worked with great directors.
For example, the shifted clip Around The World was produced in 1997 by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Likewise, From Funk, which sees a character with a dog’s head roaming the night streets of New York City, was directed by Spike Jonze (Her). Finally, Revolution 909 is directed by Roman Coppola (In the head of Charles Swan III).
Feature film and animated film by Daft Punk
From the 2000s, Daft Punk was more ambitious and tried the bet of producing his own films. Thus, in 2003, appears Interstella 5555, which has the distinction of being an animated film similar to those found in japanimation. For this, Bangalter and Homem-Christo have enlisted the services of several directors, including Leiji Matsumoto. The latter is well known by fans of manga and anime sincehe is the daddy ofAlbator and of Galaxy Express 999. This is also why the graphics of the characters in the film are very similar to those found in these two works. For history, Interstella 5555 follows kidnapped alien musicians who become stars on Earth. Hailed by critics, Daft Punk’s first film is an excellent visual accompaniment to their second album called Discovery, in which we find notably the cult One More Time.
In 2007, they staged Electrome which is presented at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight. Possessing some similarities to the experimental film Gerry (directed by Gus Van Sant), the feature film follows two robots (played by the duo) who cross a desert world at the wheel of a black Ferrari 412. A film still little known to the general public, but which will undoubtedly be (re) discovered in the years to come since their farewell video is just an excerpt from the film. The circle is complete.
Participation in the sequel to Tron
Before Tron: Legacy, it should be remembered that one of the two artists had already worked on feature films. Indeed, Thomas Bangalter has collaborated twice with Gaspar Noé to sign the original tapes ofIrreversiblee et Enter The Void. He also composed the song Sangria for Climax. By the way, he appeared briefly appeared in the film Reality, directed by Quentin Dupieux (director but also important artist of the electro scene).
However, Daft Punk’s most famous investment in a feature film is undoubtedly Tron: Legacy. Following the cult film released in 1982, this second part therefore sees the arrival of the group to take care of the musical composition. In addition, the two men make an appearance in one of the scenes of the film, always wearing their helmets. With Tron: Legacy, Daft Punk delivers an album made up of twenty-four unreleased tracks. Without possible dispute, one of the biggest successes of this sequel remains his music. And we have to thank Daft Punk for that.
Appearance in a biopic to the glory of the French Touch
In 2014, Eden, a film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve, was released. The latter is inspired by the life of her brother Sven, who was a DJ in the 90s and 2000s, at the beginning of the French Touch movement. Who says French Touch obviously says Daft Punk who was one of the greatest figures of this movement. Thus, it is Vincent Lacoste and Arnaud Azoulay who respectively interpret Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.