Lana Del Rey’s music has always had a cinematic grandiosity to it, but she’s kicking it up a notch with Tropico, a 30-minute short film highlighting songs off her Grammy-nominated melodrama of an EP, Paradise.
In Lana’s paradise, John Wayne is God, Jesus is a mellowed-out stoner (at least compared to the excitable Marilyn Monroe), and the Garden of Eden is enveloped in a hue that recalls the cover of Cam’ron’s Purple Haze. Lana’s sultry dancing doesn’t seem to faze anyone, including heaven game Elvis, so she bites into the forbidden apple and gets sent down to Earth as an L.A. stripper. There’s also spoken word poetry. A lot of it.
It’s all very #deep and #edgy, and sure to go over well with Tumblr kids everywhere. It’s also hyper-stylized and beautifully shot in trademark fashion by director Anthony Mandler, who last year collaborated with LDR on clips for “Ride”* and “National Anthem.”
Tropico marks the end of Lana’s campaign for debut album Born to Die and EP Paradise. She announced the title for her sophomore album, Ultra-Violence, at the film’s premiere in L.A.
* – A far shorter, and more focused, Americana-inspired video for the Rick Rubin-produced single.