Lana Del Rey channels Daisy Buchanan in her new “Young And Beautiful” video.
Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” film adaptation has hit the big screen, so it makes sense that he’d tap Lana Del Rey — the pop game’s Daisy Buchanan — to release a video for the soundtrack. Her offering, “Young and Beautiful,” finds Del Rey channeling some of the film’s spirit and the era’s fragile glamour.
Watch Lana Del Rey’s “Young And Beautiful” video after the jump.
The song, which unfolds like a lasciviously draped arm across a paramour’s shoulders at an unsettling cocktail party, swells with violin melodrama, and grounds itself with timpani drums and the low, steady thrum of French horns. In the video, all of this flash and grandness is backlit by the flicker of a movie screen with starkly shot, worn-looking footage from director Chris Sweeney. Like most of Del Rey’s videos, it’s a contrast of outward, showy glitz and the cracks in the seams of the facade. That’s as good a visual metaphor for the story of the original “The Great Gatsby” as any.
The lyrics have something to say about the book’s characters as well. “Hot summer nights, mid-July/ When you and I were forever wild/ The crazy days, city lights/ When you’d play with me like a child,” she sings. “Will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?”
It’s the type of existential dilemma Daisy would recognize. Remember the passage in “Gatsby” where she describes the birth of her child?
“It’ll show you how I’ve gotten to feel about — things,” she says. “Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God knows where. I woke up out of the ether with an utterly abandoned feeling and asked the nurse right away if it was a boy or a girl. She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ’All right,’ I said, ’I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.'”
We’re not saying we agree, but the character Del Rey portrays in “Young And Beautiful” would certainly understand it.
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