Last night Lana Del Rey's 27-minute film Tropico premiered in Hollywood, as she told fans "I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record." Directed by Anthony Mandler (whose worked with many artists including Beyonce, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, and Rihanna), Tropico is described as "an epic tale based on the biblical story of sin and redemption," and includes actors portraying Jesus, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, with Lana as Eve.
The film is divided into three parts to go with songs "Body Electric," "Gods and Monsters" and "Bel Air" from LDR's Born to Die- The Paradise Edition, which tackles themes of good vs. evil, innocence lost, and trading your body for money. In one scene, Lana recites parts of Allen Ginsberg's Howl as strippers rob a group of rich white men and thugs take over a violent ridden L.A.
The film is worth watching for Lana's music and the creative aesthetics headed by Mandler. At the premiere, Lana dropped the name of her upcoming new album Ultraviolence, which may stem from Anthony Burgess's 1962 A Clockwork Orange in which the young characters go on sprees of nightly mayhem and random acts of "ultra-violence."