TROPICO IS SUCH AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE. these are my notes after sitting down and watching it alone for the first time, so i was actually able to think clearly. i'll try and expand on it all later but i wanted to contribute my bare boned analysis for now. i need to watch it a few more times to formulate a solid opinion. although i do feel as if i like it a bit better each time
john wayne is god —> submission to masculinity and americana
lana & shaun watching in awe (curious, impressionable)
radio waves (i.e electronic medium)
who do we listen to? parents? friends? media?
what is free will
marilyn says sex is a part of nature
but she screams when lana bites the apple
madonna / whore (?) —> modern feminist conflict
radio frequencies (~different wavelengths)
blowing bubbles vs. stripping
basic internal conflicts
past vs. present
space vs. earth
i was an angel (at home, drinking coke), living in the garden of evil
"screwed up, scared, doing anything that i needed"
her decision to eat the apple
her decision to strip
is she really an angel?
or damaged by the way the world just is
or people are just inherently 'sinful'
lolita in the hood —> dia de los muertos (ritualistic, gang initiation) —> stripper (i'm not 100% sure about this, but i think it represents the loss of innocence)
"i'm gonna teach you how to be cowboys"
shaun w/ the toy (?) gun and the cowboy hat —> emulating his ‘god’ (like a child)
his definition of what it meant to be a cowboy —> rough, tough, masculine thief
shaun bit the apple, he loses his innocence too
"its not always going to be this way"
"i’ll always be here for you" (god doesn't judge)
comet being shot towards earth —> the pivotal point (?)
then the bachelor party (radio frequencies start up again)
thematic continuations; the importance of money (money —> satisfaction/redemption?)
the importance / potency of female sexuality
her appreciation / obsession with the male gaze
sex / money —> our culture, our religion
los angeles —> purgatory (then reality is purgatory?)
tossing the pearls —> discarding her feminine ~wiles (although lana would never actually do this, of course)
baptizing/purifying herself for ~redemption
redemption —> leaving this planet (lana thinks of earth as the true hell?)
glitches during bel air — visual confirmation of differing wavelengths (‘contact’)
the otherworld = final destination. the destination all along? somewhat similar to dying, like in all the other videos. born to die? am i reaching
various roles throughout; stages of development:
eve (~mystical, innocent)
alien (~mystical, enlightened)
full circle, kind of; movement from the garden of eden (paradise) to the garden of evil (earth) to the other world (paradise lost)
a small part of me also thinks that lana just used tropico as a vehicle to portray herself simultaneously as both an ~artist and a ~sex symbol, in full force. like the whole point of it all was just for her to dance around with tassels on her tits, knowing fully well that men around the world would be cumming on their computer screens before the 27 minute mark. and the purpose of the poetry was just to confuse audiences and lend the film some bits of credibility and generate discussion
but thats if i'm being 110% cynical. maybe i'm just irritated by the fact that she didn't write any of the monologues or dialogue herself
although this is lana we're talking about. she probably had a million different motivations, 97% of which we'll never be able to figure out completely
these two statements kind of say it all, don't they? you had a certain idea of who you thought she was, and for you, i'm sure it fulfilled some kind of late-night masturbatory fantasy. now that she's gone and contradicted your [narrowly] wholesome perception of her, you're no longer a fan of her or her music? lmao k
guess that whole lolita thing really holds some power, eh??? *keeping that in mind* thx
edit: men are so fucking weird lmaooooooooooooooooooo
"My momma she would love you like I love you
If she ever met you, if she ever knew
My momma sure would fall right on top of you If she’d ever saw you, she’d be smitten too
I’ll never take you home, I want you all for my own
Don’t let my momma hear your pretty song"
makes it seem like she got some legit daddy issues if she feels competitive with her own mother. maybe she doesn't sing about her often because theres something a bit 'too' dark there. or nothing at all, who knows
i always thought it was: "is it wrong mom that i think its kinda fun when i hit you in the back of the head with a gun?" but i guess i misheard? lmao