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Beyonce and Jay Z Go ‘On the Run’ in a ‘French New Wave’-Inspired Short Film

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Jay Z (L) and Beyonce attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

In one of the trailers released for Beyoncé and Jay Z’s forthcoming concert documentary about their “On the Run” tour, the beloved singer performs a smoky rendition of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” for her husband. As it turns out, the clip is more than an artsy non sequitur. It’s part of a trilogy of short films called Bang Bang that the duo, along with director Dikayl Rimmasch, put together to play during their tour.

Rimmasch told Nowness that the videos were meant to evoke the same sort of feelings as the “magical moment of cinema” that was the “French new wave.” There’s echoes of the strange humor of films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless in moments like when Jay Z’s puts out his cigar in a diner patron’s hamburger or fires a gun at a mailbox out of a moving car. Jay allegedly told the director that the whole concept of the tour was a non-literal Bonnie and Clyde.