Why Pop Stars Love Recreating Movies in their Music Videos

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Apparently Halliwell got a kick out of recreating music scenes, because when she set out on her infamous solo career she decided to recreate the famous audition scene from the movie Flashdance for her visual for her cover of "It's Raining Men" in 2001.

She grew up worshiping Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, so much so that she just went out and decided to make one of the oddest sampling choices in recent pop history: building a dance song around "The Lonely Goatherd" (a decision that the song's producer, Pharrell Williams, wasn't behind at the time).

So when they decided to do the "lets dress up as a movie characters! " music video, naturally, each Spice got to chose her own distinct inspiration.

Audrey Hepburn's turn as Jo, a woman who runs away from the chance at a modeling career to pursue her true passion (philosophy! ) didn't win her any accolades and wasn't initially a major hit, but in the years since the scene in which she pulls off some offbeat dance moves in a black turtleneck has become one of the enduring images of her career.

Whitney Houston did it first (of course) in her "I'm Your Baby Tonight" video (which also saw her channel Diana Ross and Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus), while Beyoncé conjured the singer for her "Countdown" video.

As the entire world seems to know by now, Ariana Grande is recreating four different classic teen films and rom-coms for her hotly anticipated "Thank U, Next" video.

She's certainly overachieving when it comes to quantity of movie references in a single video, but she's far from the first pop diva to dig into her VHS collection for inspiration in lieu of creating a brand new mood board.

So she adapted the guise of Marilyn Monroe's unabashed gold digger character Lorelei Lee from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and recreated the "Diamonds are a Girls Best Friends" scene, and the balanced it with scenes of her off the set.

The video didn't make much of a splash in America, freeing Lopez to do her own version for her single "I'm Glad" in 2003.

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