On Friday, Lana Del Rey’s short film Tropico—a 30-minute music video that mixes three songs from the Paradise edition of the singer’s debut album with surreal imagery, ’60s Americana iconography, beat poetry, and more—was released. The film was a collaboration between Del Rey, who’s credited as the writer, and director Anthony Mandler. It’s not the first time the two have worked together, either—Mandler, whose other credits this year range from the “Holy Grail” video for Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake to those Ray Liotta spots for 1800 Tequila, and who has directed high-profile clips for Rihanna, Eminem, and Taylor Swift, among many others—also directed Del Rey’s “National Anthem” and “Ride” videos.
It’s a curious-sounding collaboration, as it’s the rare musician who receives (or properly warrants) a writing credit on their own music video. But, Mandler says, it’s well-deserved in this case.
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I decided to shoot some of the Tropico promo with a disposable camera. I find that looking at disposable photographs provides for a kind of assumed intimacy between subject and viewer; wanted the grainy neighborhood photographs to feel oddly nostalgic and relatable.
I decided to shoot some of Tropico’s promo with a disposable camera. I find that looking at disposable photographs provides for a kind of assumed intimacy between subject and viewer; wanted the grainy neighborhood photographs to feel oddly nostalgic and relatable.
…And so from being created in His likeness to being banished for wanting to be too much like Him, we were cast out…