Short Film: Lana Del Rey – ‘Tropico’


The wait is over, friends. Lana Del Rey’s short film has found its way online.

After months of teasers and clips that left us more confused than informed, Lana Del Rey has released her long-awaited short film, Tropico. The thirty-minute clip tells an epic tale of two lovers throughout time, with loads of religious and pop culture riddled subtext. Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Jesus Christ, and John Wayne make ‘appearances,’ and Del Rey even exposes herself to the king (of rock, not Jesus). Confused? I haven’t even mentioned the foreplay in the Garden Of Eden, strippers, or lengthy – somewhat nonsensical – narration that guides the story.

At the heart of Tropico lies three over-the-top music videos for tracks that originally debuted on Del Rey’s Paradise release. The songs included are “I Sing The Body Electric,” “Bel Air,” and “Gods and Monsters.” All three tracks are being reissued digitally starting today as the Tropico EP. The film’s score will also be included.

Del Rey describes Tropico as a modern take on the biblical story of sin and redemption. I’m not sure that message is what fans will take away from the film, at least not on the first viewing, but it’s certainly something special. You can view the film in full at the end of this post.

At the Los Angeles premiere of the film, which took place on December 4, Del Rey told a packed theater, “I really just wanted us all to be together so I could close the chapter before I release my new album, Ultraviolence.” Click here for more details on that development.

Tropico is due to hit digital retailers in the very near future. There were no links available at the time of this post, but we do plan to promote where fans can purchase the film as soon as that information is public. For now, comment below and let us know your thoughts on the film.


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James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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