Michael Jackson, pictured here with a few Michael wannabes.
Michael Jackson can do many things, but he can’t direct his own music videos. For that, he taps the best filmmakers around – John Landis (Thriller), Martin Scorsese (Bad) and Jim Blashfield (Leave Me Alone).
Leave Me Alone was made in Portland at Jim Blashfield’s studio. It won a Grammy, the Cannes Golden Lion (for special effects) and an MTV award (for special effects).
Rolling Stone placed it at #8 in their list of Top 100 Music Videos of All Time.
Jim Farber, writing in Connoisseur Magazine, May 1989, sums it up:
While poking fun at the wildest tabloid rumors about the star’s life, Blashfield offers unexpected insight into Jackson’s psychology. He constructs two Jacksons here– one an impish child, the other a Gulliver-style giant, trapped in a labyrinth of roller coasters and log flumes. With wit and empathy, he portrays him as an adult enslaved to a child’s fantasies.
I hereby claim Leave Me Alone as an Oregon film, based on the Oregon citizenship of the writer-director-producer, Jim Blashfield.