Cargo de Nuit (1983) Axel Bauer
The clip is directed by French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino (1983). It is an homage to the movie Querelle by Fassbinder. To us, in the early eighties, Querelle was the quintessence of the macho/gay sensibility and it was copied by musicians such as Luc Van Acker on the cover of The Ship album. Jean-Paul Gaultier appropriated this seaman’s aesthetic and celebrated it all through the early eighties.
Fassbinder’s adaptation of Jean Genet’s novel features surreal sets that underscore the dreamlike quality and abstraction of the novel. It was Fassbinder’s final and, by his own words, most important movie.
Digression #1: Axel Bauer is not related to John Bauer: