The video for Michael Jackson's "Man In the Mirror" is a departure from previous videos by not featuring Jackson himself. Instead the clip focuses on historical events, figures, and footage of social problems to illustrate the message of making a change in the world by looking first at oneself.
The video to accompany Michael Jackson's "Another Part of Me" features Jackson performing live. It also begins with footage of fans at concerts and various events in Michael Jackson's live including famous friends Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana. The live footage is from the Bad concert tour. Patrick Kelly directed the clip.
For those who are fans of Michael Jackson's dance contributions, "Smooth Criminal" is a favorite. Jeffrey Daniels of the R&B group Shalamar provided the choreography. Stylistically the clothing is vaguely 20's gangster. Among the dance effects included are the anti-gravity lean, an achievement created using wire harnesses and magnets. A stripped down, chanted interlude added a new dimension to both song and video.
The video for "Leave Me Alone" was the first of Michael Jackson's to directly take on tabloid reports of bizarre events in his personal life. Director Jim Blashfield put together imagery ranging from Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles to a stop action dance with the Elephant Man's skeleton. At the end of the video a gigantic Michael Jackson breaks out of bondage to destroy the amusement park set of the video. This video took home the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video.
The video to accompany "Liberian Girl," Michael Jackson's last single release from the album Bad, possibly has the biggest star list of any music video ever created. Celebrities featured include Paul Abdul, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, and John Travolta among many many others. The clip was directed by Jim Yukich.
The original full-length version of Michael Jackson's "Black or White" is one of his most ambitious and at the same time controversial video efforts. The opening depicts a battle between a rock music loving Macaulay Culkin and his father depicted by George Wendt. Michael Jackson performs with African dancers. There is a segment of people of a wide range of races and ethnicities morphing into each other using state of the art computer technology. The last minutes of the video startled audiences with a dance sequence that included Michael Jackson's most sexually explicit and violent material yet presented in a video with extensive crotch grabbing and smashing windows with a baseball bat.
Michael Jackson utilized the talents of celebrated African-American film director John Singleton to put together the video accompanying "Remember the Time." It is set in ancient Egypt and includes appearances by Eddie Murphy, Magic Johnson and Iman. Once again complicated, innovative dance routines were included.
Fashion and celebrity photographer Herb Ritts directed Michael Jackson's video for "In the Closet." He also gained acclaim for directing the video for Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." Much of the video consists of dance routines performed with supermodel Naomi Campbell. She mimes the female vocals that were contributed by Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
Before becoming an acclaimed film director through his work on Seven and Fight Club, David Fincher was one of the top music video directors in the business. The video is a highly stylish clip depicting the despair of Michael Jackson's character slowly realizing how his girlfriend is cheating on him as a highly priced escort.