Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sonne by Rammstein and Snow White


 

 
The music video, Sonne, by the German band, Rammstein makes symbolic references to the story of Snow White.  There are many similar repeated motifs and characters.  All of the band members are representations of the 7 dwarfs.  They are dirty and dressed as miners, much like the characters from the Brothers Grimm version.  The character of Snow White is much larger than the ‘dwarfs’.  She has to squeeze in their narrow doorway is visibly taller than all of them.  She is dressed in the colors and costume of Snow White from Disney’s interpretation of the story.  She has a long yellow skirt, a blue and red bodice, and a red bow in her hair.  She also has the quintessential ebony hair, as well as the white skin and ‘beautiful’ quality. 
In the music video, Snow White appears to be taking care of the dwarfs and doing much more than simply being their housekeeper.  She is seen spanking some of them.  At one point, she is seated and is admiring herself in a long mirror while one of the dwarfs brushes her hair.  They all visibly fawn over her by stroking her clothes at a later part.  She seems to be vainer and more concerned about her obvious beauty than either the Brothers Grimm or Disney’s Snow White character.  One of the dwarfs is also polishing apples at one point in the video.  This is a key reference to the Brothers Grimm and Disney versions of the story.  This Snow White also appears wilder than in the stories.  Her skirt has a long slit in it and she has on seductive high heels.  Also, when she joins the dwarfs at the table, there is a reference to the use of some gold powdered drug.  This is a far cry from Basile and Disney’s sweet and innocent young slave girl or Snow White. 
Snow White appears to be stabbed by one of the dwarfs, which causes her to fall into the sleep coma.  It was difficult for me to understand the German, but at one scene the dwarf has a sharp object in his hand and in the next they are carrying Snow White in her glass casket.  Soon after that scene a large apple falls on the casket, breaking the casket and waking Snow White up. 
After finding and translating the song lyrics from German to English on Google, I think there could also be some other alternative meanings to the song aside from the Snow White imagery.  The song itself is called Sonne, which means Sun.  I believe this could mean that the dwarfs treat Snow White as their Sun.  She is much larger than them and they do appear to revolve around her, much like the planets and the sun in our solar system.  Additionally, the sun could be connected to gold, which is what the dwarfs are mining for and also the color of the drug powder that Snow White uses.  The lyrics reference a sun coming and they count down numbers.  This could mean that the dwarfs knew Snow White was coming to them and that she would somehow become the center of their world.  The line, “She is the brightest star of all” could be a reference to Snow and the idea of her being the “fairest of them all”, as named by the Brothers Grimm and Disney. 
Personally, Snow White is my least favorite Disney movie and fairy tale in general, so it is difficult for me to choose a favorite.  I think I preferred the stories over this music video simply because there is more of a backstory provided and a clear conclusion.  This video only has Snow arriving at the dwarfs’ house and then being awakened at the end by the fallen apple.  It is certainly a unique interpretation of the story. 
 
Here are the translated song lyrics:
One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, from
Everyone is waiting for the light
Fear, fear not
The sun shines out of my eyes
You will not go down tonight
and the world counts loudly to ten
refrain:

One-Here comes the sun
Two-Here comes the sun
Three-she is the brightest star of all
Four Here comes the sun
The sun is shining out of my hands
It can burn, can dazzle you
If it breaks out of the fists
He lies down on the hot face
You will not go down tonight
And the world counts loudly to ten
refrain:

One-Here comes the sun
Two-Here comes the sun
Three-she is the brightest star of all
Four Here comes the sun
Five Here comes the sun
Six-Here comes the sun
Seven-she is the brightest star of all
Eight, nine, here comes the sun
The sun is shining out of my hands
It can burn, can blind you
If it breaks out of the fists
Sets are hot on your face
He lies down on his chest aching
The balance is the loss
Lets you go hard to the ground
And the world counts loudly to ten
refrain:

One-Here comes the sun
Two-Here comes the sun
Three-she is the brightest star of all
Four-and will never fall from the sky
Five Here comes the sun
Six-Here comes the sun
Seven-she is the brightest star of all
Eight, nine, here comes the sun

1 comment:

  1. As I believe, the dwarves were mining gold for her to ingest as a drug, which is why they got excited when they found it and I think the dwarf she was spanking, which is also the one that found some for her, was excited but she wanted more then what he found. And the ending scene we see her nose bleeding in the bath indicating that she injected herself with more gold and overdosed, so they put her into the casket. I don't understand why she woke up when the apple fell on her and touched her hand. Maybe the apples kept her young and alive.

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