Get ready for a lot of sad pole-dancing.
Say what you want about Lana Del Rey, but she certainly has a knack for hyperbole. The sultry singer can transform any of the mundane trials of a love affair into an epic, world-shattering melodrama, and her new short film, "Tropico," is no exception. Even the first few seconds play out like watching the literal creation of the universe, and things only get more Lana del Raving mad from there.
Directed by Anthony Mandler and featuring model Shaun Ross and songs from del Rey's Born To Die – The Paradise Edition, "Tropico" premiered last night in Hollywood (where Lana also announced that her new album will be called Ultra-Violence! Yay!).
Now, we didn't go to the premiere, but we DID recently watch the entire 30-minute film to pick out the most important moments for you. We even included time codes so you can skip around! (Aren't we nice?)
Ready? And... GO!
:16 "John said, let there be light." OK, so, we're already off to a pretty good start. That's a John Wayne character standing in for God, we think. That seems fitting what with del Rey's usual Hollywood icon symbolism motif, with the cowboy as the masculine ideal.
1:39 Lana bb, you look good even while praying.
1:44 Oh, of course. Here's Elvis now, hanging out with John Wayne and Jesus in Heaven. As you'd expect.
Watch Lana Del Rey’s "Tropico" short film after the jump.