"The Unforgettable Fire" [04:55]
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U2 return to Sweden for another video in the snow.
The video opens with footage of a city at night, with the lights flickering on, as the moon rises. Bono is filmed watching U2 perform on a small screen, and we see light trails through the city. Then we switch to a snowy winter scene with Edge walking through a snowy forest, and we see scenes of a carnival. The footage of the carnival, and of the band in the snow was filmed in Sweden. The city itself has never been identified, but most agree that it is likely Minneapolis, and that this is likely stock footage of some sort. The footage in Sweden was shot in January 1985, while U2 was in Stockholm for a concert at the Ice Stadium. Anton Corbijn is in tow and also does a photo shoot in the snow.
There are two versions of this video. This is the version which appears on The Best of 1980-1990 video release. At about the three minute mark you can see a performer playing a string instrument in this version of the video. In the alternate video, additional scenes of Larry and Adam are seen instead. The alternate version is available on The Unforgettable Fire documentary, and in the 25th anniversary release of The Unforgettable Fire album, as well as on the 1987 promotional video release. This version with the string performer was shown on MTV, and was also distributed by Telegenics to other video outlets.
When U2 remastered “The Unforgettable Fire” for their YouTube account in 2021, it was this version that was used, and not the alternate edit of the video.
Additional Screen Captures
- Director: Meiert Avis
- Producer: James Morris (Windmill Lane)
- Producer: Michael Hamlyn (Midnight Films)