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"Tropico" - Lana Del Rey [YouTube Official Short Film]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published December 05, 2013

Months after we first reported that Lana Del Rey was working on a short film called Tropico, the starlet premiered it last night in Los Angeles and it's currently available through Vevo. Watch above.

The 27 minute film includes 2 minutes of just credits at the end. It's a very ambitious project, featuring Lana playing the part of a stripper and albino model Shaun Ross as her love interest. You can judge for yourself whether you buy into Lana Del Rey's bittersweet depictions of sexual exploitation, violence, romance, and escapism. Tropico is a statement on American culture past and present. Without giving too much away, there's a lot to process here. Things seem to fall into 3 distinct acts as the setting progresses from a Garden of Eden type of backdrop to a strip club to a country paradise.

In addition to 3 songs from Lana Del Rey's latest album, 2012's Paradise, there are also some classic American tunes from the '30s, '50s, and '70s and an excerpt from the Allen Ginsberg poem, "Howl," that go hand-in-hand with characters impersonating Elvis, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe.

At the screening of the film last night in LA, Lana Del Rey also revealed that her next album will be called Ultraviolence - a phrase coined by Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange.

Songs in the video (by Lana Del Rey unless otherwise noted):

"Body Electric"
"Gods and Monsters"
"Bel Air"
"Always On My Mind" by James, Thompson, and Christopher, 1971
"I'm Thru With Love" by Kahn, Malneck, and Livingston, 1932
"Love Me" by Leiber and Stoller, 1954
"America, Why I Love Her" by John Mitchum, 1973

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