Conceptual video artists and whimsical kittens have this in common: the Internet was made for them.
I have no kittens for you, but I do have a bit of Galloconceptualisme today, posted in part to mark the precipitous and unexpected elimination of France in (and by) South Africa in the first round of this year's World Cup.
Refait -- from the verb "refaire," to remake or re-do -- is a project of the French arts collective Pied La Biche, consisting of a shot for shot side by side recreation of the television broadcast of the final 15 minutes of the match between France and then-West Germany in the semifinal round of the 1982 World Cup in Seville. Instead of a soccer pitch, the facsimile plays out in a variety of random urban settings: overpasses, empty lots, an escalator.
The actual 1982 game was highly dramatic, featuring spectacular collisions, at least one player removed unconscious on a stretcher, and what many German football fanciers claim as the finest German goal in World Cup history. None of that is in this video. (I have reproduced the lengthy Wikipedia description of that game below the fold.)
The final 15 minutes of the game, the minutes that are recreated here in excruciating detail, consisted of a series of penalty kicks and the preparatory space around them, involving a good deal of standing about, posturing, and certain mystical rituals of French thigh massage, which is not particularly appealing either in the original or as reenacted.
Mesdames et messieurs, Refait:
This comes, yet again, via Vancouver BC's BOOOOOOM!, where it is praised for its "sheer pointlessness" and declared to be "the greatest video on the entire internet." It is certainly one of the best not involving whimsical kittens.