Del Rey screened the film in Hollywood on Wednesday night prior to wider release, announcing that she will indeed have a new album. She didn't drop any more details besides the title, which will be Ultra-Violence, a nod to Stanley Kubrick's classic 1971 film of mayhem-motivated miscreants "A Clockwork Orange." In early 2012, the singer claimed she was done making albums, but it appears the muses have returned to her.
Stepping yet again into iconic female roles, Del Rey plays the Virgin Mary and Eve in Eden in her film, praying to John Wayne to forgive her sins. The singer plays out the bible's Creation Story on up to eating of the Tree of Knowledge with model Shaun Ross as the Adam grinding at her side. So if John Wayne is god, and Jesus is Jesus, does that make Elvis the Holy Spirit and Marilyn Mary Magdalene?
The three-part film goes from Eden to East Los Angeles and back up to heaven, with plenty of strippers and a robbery in between. It was particularly entertaining to see Del Rey depict the cruel world of harsh labor outside of Eden as working at a strip club and a liquor store, prison tattoos and all.
After the masterful monologues she wrote for her previous short film for "Ride," she this time left it to the pros, reading excerpts from Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric," Allen Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl" and John Wayne reciting John Mitchum's "America, Why I Love Her." Del Rey wrote her own short monologue which appears after the robbery scene.
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