Del Rey first screened "Tropico" in Hollywood last night but today saw the short film's worldwide release on VEVO. In the Garden of Eden, Lana and Ross get down to her song "Body Electric" with Hollywood icons John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley as deities looking on. Jesus from the Bible is also among the bunch. The singer ends up eating the forbidden fruit though and gets ejected to Los Angeles with Ross. Among things like stripping and robbery, they work together in the big city to achieve redemption. Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters" and "Bel Air" are other songs featured in the project.
"Tropico" was directed by Del Rey's frequent collaborator Anthony Mandler. The two are known for their cinematic music videos like "Ride" and "National Anthem" so a short film as their latest project makes sense. She ties together her own music with classic American songs and works like Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to make "Tropico" come to life. The always eloquent Lana is a gifted storyteller and Mandler delivers an immaculately-shot final product.
Del Rey released "Tropico" to close out the "Born to Die" album era of her life. At last night's premiere in Hollywood, she announced that her second album will be titled "Ultraviolence."
Watch "Tropico" on VEVO.com here
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