Lana Del Rey’s 27 minute short film “Tropico” directed by Anthony Mandler is nothing short of ambitious. That likenesses of John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Jesus Christ appear in the first act alone, set in where else but Eden, hints at the ambition and cinematic scale of “Tropico.” Contained within the mesmerizing work are a trio of songs proper including “Body Electric,” “Gods & Monsters,” and  “Bel Air,” all of which including the video can be purchased from the iTunes Store. In a time when pop music can appear congested with no shortage of art-house-come-lately acts, Lana Del Rey’s “Tropico” blazes through the mire and shines all the more brightly for it.

Credits include: Title, “Tropico”; Direction, Anthony Mandler; Production, Heather Heller; Production supervision, Karl Reid; Cinematography, Dave Devlin; Editing, Jeff Selis; Telecine, Tom Poole; Music, Lana Del Rey, Daniel Heath, Tim Larcombe, Rick Nowels; Tropico musical score, Daniel Heath; Styling, Johnny Blue Eyes; Hair, Anna Cofone; Makeup, Pamela Cochrane; For Universal Music, Semera Khan; Management, Ed Millett & Ben Mawson at TAP Management.

 
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