Coldplay Sample Charlie Chaplin Movie for ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ Video

By Jon Wiederhorn

Coldplay have released a video for ‘A Head Full of Dreams,’ the title track from the band’s 2015 album. The song is the fourth single from the record, reports Pitchfork.

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Like their live show, the song opens with a powerful political sample from the final speech in Charlie Chaplin’s film The Great Dictator.

“I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business,” the sample begins. “I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.”

The video for “A Head Full of Dreams” was directed by James Marcus Haney and shot in Super 8. In the clip, the band ride bicycles through the streets of Mexico City and to a concert at the city’s Foro Sol venue.

Watch “A Head Full of Dreams” here”


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