Today is the 53rd birthday of Mark Romanek. Though he's a perfectly legit Hollywood director of great films like One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go, he is also responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time.
For 20 years he has worked with top-level performers, and today we celebrate his ten best videos.
10. Keith Richards, "Wicked as it Seems."
1991 is when Romanek started really developing his trademark style, and this collaboration with Keith Richards shows a lot of the same tricks that later went into Nine Inch Nails' "Closer."
9. Madonna, "Rain"
One of Romanek's more light-hearted and definitely the most... purple of his work, "Rain" is a fascinating treatise on the act of creating a music video itself.
8. k.d. lang, "Constant Craving"
Romanek used "Constant Craving" to recreate the Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, using the both to symbolize the hunger of desperation. It won the VMA for Best Female Video in 1993.