Lana Del Rey is an interesting artist. It's hard not say her music can be gorgeously confusing. But that's what I love about her, she doesn't strive to be completely understood.
Tropico, a short film directed by Anthony Mandler, uses three of Lana's songs from her latest album Paradise: "Body Electric", "Gods & Monsters", and "Bel Air". The film is gritty, stunningly shot, and full of cultural imagery that's already rampant in Lana's music videos. Take a look at the film below, I do have to warn you that some of the scenes are sexually graphic (PG-13).
The film begins with Lana portraying two different religious figures: Mary the Mother of God and Eve, the woman who brought sin upon the Earth. The first song to play is "Body Electric" and the film shows Lana dancing with her Adam, played by Shaun Ross. The film's other supporting characters include Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Jesus himself.
Shaun is a highly peculiar choice for the role of Lana's lover because his look is so starkly different from her beauty. He's albino and has a disfigured nose, which has actually skyrocketed himself to fame in the fashion world as a model.
By a strike of lightning, the music video changes to scenes of Lana's faux gangster life of stripping, donning edgy tattoos and shooting guns with her gang in the night. This all happens while Lana seductively names random body parts and other nouns or adjectives that may or may not have any meaning to them.
My favorite part of the video is near the end, where Lana sings "Bel Air" (my favorite song of hers) in a beautiful natural landscape while wearing ethereal white clothing. The film ends with couple floating up back to heaven.
Dissecting what this film means might be too big of a task for the viewer. I think with Lana, it's about appreciating the visual and emotional beauty in things that are perceived as ugly and disgusting by society's standards: strippers, gang members, and albinos. Other than that I couldn't begin to tell you why Lana is such a weirdo, but I'm inspired by that in itself.