"Magnificent" (Alternate Video) [05:31]
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This alternate video for the song “Magnificent” shows the band recording the song in a riad in Morocco. It is interspersed with a few street scenes from Morocco where we see the filming of the initial video. The video ends with a voice saying “we’ll cut there, very nice.”
The main video for “Magnificent” was filmed by Alex Courtes in the city of Fez, in Morocco and this Alternate video was created from footage shot during that time in Fez. The band was filmed among the traders in the market, on the ancient walls, and even playing with the local kids. On May 1, 2009, U2.com released a short behind the scenes video. A lot of the city scenes appear to have been filmed near the Blue Gate and the surrounding area. The riad used for filming appears to be different than Riad El Yacout where U2 had recorded some of “No Line on the Horizon”.
This second video, running 05:31, opens with footage of the riad being set up for the band to record, and scenes of U2 performing. In this video, you can see the film crews working and filming the band. This alternate video has more scenes from the market as well, setting up the sheets, and appears to be a “behind the scenes” set to the song, and includes footage of U2 being photographed in the streets of Fez.
Shooting in Fez for both videos took place the week of March 20, 2009. The first day of filming was the performance footage from inside the riad, and then the next two days were spent filming in the streets of Fez. The original video debuted on U2.com the morning of May 6, 2009. This “behind the scenes” video appeared on the U2Vevo account later that year, on December 14.
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Directed by Alex Courtes