You can trace Billy Corgan’s fascination with silent film all the way back to the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 video for “Tonight Tonight,” with all its homages to Georges Méliès’s A Trip To The Moon. And now Corgan has pushed that a whole lot further. His latest undertaking is Pillbox, a new “silent film” set entirely to music from Corgan’s new Rick Rubin-produced solo album Ogilala. Corgan co-directed Pillbox with Linda Strawberry. It lasts 40 minutes, and it goes from black-and-white pastiche to lush, colorful psychedelic surrealism to kaleidoscopic animation. In a press release, Corgan says, “”I thought it was a different approach to listening to an album, to watch it in essence with a related, albeit non-linear, silent movie. Art is art. And together the two pieces create a work unto itself.” You can watch the whole thing below.
Ogilala is out now on BMG.